Woods taken from trees that have come down on historic lands are also in high demand, according to Rudinski and Kost. Phil Brown used white oak from Maryland's fallen Wye Oak Tree (which stood for more than 400 years in the village of Wye Mills) to create "Wye Oak Vessel."

Two other pieces, Gene Adcock's "Smiling Cedar" and Lospinuso's "Montpelier," were made from the wood of trees that once stood on the Montpelier Mansion grounds.

Peter Madden submitted "Un-Bee-Lieveable," a decorative platter made from a gazebo destroyed by carpenter bees. And Bartos created a platter from his mother-inlaw's Ethan Allen coffee table.

"It's kind of magical if you ever see them working, the way it just comes to life," said Patricia Bowden, an artist-in-residence at the Montpelier Arts Center who attended the exhibit March 8.

Mei Yu Green once taught Bridges in a Chinese brush painting class and came to the exhibit specifically to see his work. Although Bridges said Chinese brush painting didn't turn out to be "his thing," he and Green are talking about collaborating on a project in the future.

"He does a lot of very nice work," said Green.

Club member Kost agreed. "Jeff is one of our best turners," he said.

The Chesapeake Woodturners exhibit continues through March 31 at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Wednesdays). Admission is free. Woodturning demonstrations on weekends, weather permitting; call (301) 377-7817, TTY (301) 699-2544 to confirm.

Winning entries

First place: Margaret Lospinuso, "Bowl of Fruit," boxelder, milk paint, dye. ($480)

Second place: Ted Michalek, "Pot with Holly Leaves," holly. (not for sale)

Third place: Tim Moore, "Carved Hollow Form," cherry. ($1,200)

Juror's choice: Jeannie Rudinski-Ureno, "Frog," maple, dye, pyrography. ($150)

Juror's choice: Jeff Bridges, "Hollow Form Vase," cedar. ($165)