Best of the Bronx: The craft of wood turning

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A Kingsbridge man specializes in the craft of wood turning.

Ivan Braun's studio in his home basement is where he transforms wood into functional items such as bowls, vases and more.

Braun's craft runs in the family, and he picked it up from his father and grandfather. These days, the 72-year-old retiree specializes in handcrafted urns for cats.

"It's providing a way to memorialize the pet in a way that's beautiful," he says.

Wood turning involves using a chisel to transform spinning wood into various shapes and forms. Braun says it takes practice, patience and concentration.

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