BRIDGTON  — Gallery 302 has a new wood artist, Bill Housley.

During his professional life he was an assistant professor in dentistry at Tufts College of Medicine and Dentistry and also at the New Jersey College of dentistry. He practiced in San Francisco, Iowa, New Jersey, Needham, Massachusetts, and finally, in Standish, Maine, since 1975.

Housley and his wife, Jeanine, reside in Limerick.

Housley’s after-hours hobby has always involved wood and in the past decade he has turned nearly exclusively to wood turning. His main interest is experimenting with new and different woods, techniques and tools for embellishing his turnings.

Housley is the only known Maine wood turner to employ a “Rose Engine,” a 19th-century lathe that was made by the British during the Industrial Revolution. He is embellishing many of his bowls, vases and lidded boxes with Rose Engine art and experimenting with softer woods and adding color, something not done in 19th-century Europe.

Gallery 302 is at 112 Main St. For more information, call 207-647-2787 or visit

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