Oneida man says newfound love for wood turning saved his life

Oneida man says newfound love for wood turning saved his life

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Oneida resident Chris Worley found his talent and it may have saved his life. Oneida resident Chris Worley found his talent and it may have saved his life.
Inside a shed, Worley blocks out the stresses of the outside world. Inside a shed, Worley blocks out the stresses of the outside world.
"It's hard to describe. I just love it. I come out here and I forget about everything. Have a bad day at work or anything and I come out here and in just a few minutes I forget about it all," Chris Worley said. "It's hard to describe. I just love it. I come out here and I forget about everything. Have a bad day at work or anything and I come out here and in just a few minutes I forget about it all," Chris Worley said.
"He lost his way for a while, but when we go back together we just wanted family. He wanted that so he's been clean almost eight or nine years now," said Crystal Worley. "He lost his way for a while, but when we go back together we just wanted family. He wanted that so he's been clean almost eight or nine years now," said Crystal Worley.
His first piece was perfect and he's been turning them ever since. His first piece was perfect and he's been turning them ever since.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

ONEIDA (WATE) - What is your untapped talent? Are you an artist who just never took up a brush, or maybe a guitar player who never had access to an instrument?

Oneida resident Chris Worley found his talent and it may have saved his life.

Inside a shed, Worley blocks out the stresses of the outside world. He's employed by a tree service, which can be difficult and often dangerous.

"It's hard to describe. I just love it. I come out here and I forget about everything. Have a bad day at work or anything and I come out here and in just a few minutes I forget about it all," he said.

After a failed marriage and a bout with drug addiction Worley has turned his life around.Reuniting with his high school sweetheart Crystal and her two daughters Baleigh and Shelby, the blended family has grown fond of each other. 

"He lost his way for a while, but when we go back together we just wanted family. He wanted that so he's been clean almost eight or nine years now," said Crystal.

Completing Worley's turnaround was a chance meeting with a man who showed him how to turn wood. What Chris never knew until he tried it was that he had a natural knack for it.

His first piece was perfect and he's been turning them ever since.

"I have watched him from start to finish on many, many pieces, and I'm still amazed at what he can do with wood," said Crystal.

Crystal's daughters also enjoy turning wood, especially the youngest Shelby. 

"She's attached to his hip most of the time. She knows every species of wood and just about every tool in his shop. She can tell you what it's for," said Crystal.

Over the years, Chris Worley has turned lots of bowls and urns and other decorative pieces of wood. Today, they sit on the shelves of homes both near and far.

He will be the first to tell you that the work and his family saved his life, taking him from a world he can barely remember.

"I couldn't begin to tell you. There's a lot of difference. I honestly figured out I probably wouldn't be sitting here today. that's how bad it was," he said.

If you 'd like to contact Chris about his works, you can email him at cworley210@gmail.com or call (423) 223-3796.
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