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Artist ‘Turning Heads’ at Mesa street fair

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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 12:15 pm

From wooden wine stoppers to mirrors, light pulls and more, Mark Svoboda, owner of Turning Heads Art Work, really does create pieces that cause fans to look twice.

Svoboda, who was selected Festival Favorite at Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival’s first event of 2014, started Turning Heads with his wife, Karen, in March 2013, after working as a contractor and professional woodworker for more than 25 years, specializing in custom cabinetry and millwork.

The next MACFest is Feb. 15 near the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa.

Svoboda started turning wood on a lathe several years ago as a form of relaxation, and a use for scrap wood. He claims to not be an artist, but a craftsman with a passion for the beauty of wood.

“I started making Christmas ornaments to give away as gifts to friends, and then I started making magic wands around the Harry Potter movies,” he says.

“I enjoy setting up at festivals and shows. As my items are wood, my booth is a ‘touchy-feely’ location, and everyone wants to handle the items. It also gives me the opportunity to educate people about wood products, such as the rarity and where some of the exotic woods come from” he says.

Because of the wood grain and some of the exotic species of wood Svoboda uses, each item is a completely original, one-of-a-kind creation. Turning Heads Art Works also accepts custom orders for items, such as a different type or color of wood.

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What: MACFest, an arts and crafts street fair

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15

Where: On North MacDonald from Main Street to Pepper Place in downtown Mesa

Cost: Free admission

Information: (480) 644-6500 or

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