Frank Penta has been involved in woodworking for most of his life, and he began to focus specifically on woodturning in 1996. He enjoys creating pieces that are attractive as well as functional. Using fine detailing and careful finishing, he enhances the natural beauty of the wood. His one-of-a-kind designs are exhibited in private collections and sold through local galleries.
Frank served for six years as the president of the Woodturners Guild of North Carolina and is a founding member of the Chapel Hill Woodturners.
Frank has been a demonstrator at numerous woodturning clubs and has taught sessions at regional and national symposia. Since 2004, he has been a regular woodturning instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School, teaching two to three classes each year. He also has been an instructor at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts, the Appalachian Center for Crafts and at Snow Camp, for the New England Craft Program.
Frank’s platters were featured in “American Woodturner” journal in the Spring 2005 issue, and his article “Turning and Detailing Platter Bases” appeared in that same issue. He is the author, along with Alan Leland, of Woodturning Tools, Techniques, and Projects.