Blue Moon Gallery displays Paul’s Passions

12 years ago

    Paul Porter’s profession was teaching math, but his major hobby since the age of seven, when his father gave him a workbench, hammer, saw and trisquare for his birthday, has been working with wood. Those tools followed him to Bowdoin College, Brown University, Tobyhanna Signal Depot and to The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey where he retired after 38 years to return to his hometown, Houlton.
    His father had a homemade lathe for turning peevee handles and other farm implements, and his cousin gave him a small “Dunlap” lathe, but after joining the Bucks County Woodturners in Pennsylvania he bought a decent lathe and has been turning ever since. Presently he is secretary of the “Up There Woodturners of Aroostook County” (UTWAC), a recognized chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Many of his latest woodturned articles, (art or craft?) will be on display.
    Another interest is toy making, mostly to give away and many of those on loan from their owners will be featured.
    He can explain the metal work he does only by using the mountaineer’s excuse, “It was there.”
    His interest in painting came when he had the opportunity to join Esther Faulkner’s art class through SAGE. A segment of the displays will feature works done to fulfill her requirement, “Do something with …”
    Paul was born in Houlton, the son of Herman and Mary Ellen (Rusty) Porter. He now lives with his wife, Glynn, on Nickerson Lake in New Limerick.
    The exhibit will run from June 8 to July 27. A reception will be held July 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. to which the public is invited. The gallery hours are: Tuesday – Friday, noon – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    For more information, call 532-9119, e-mail SACAP at or visit