Medium: Photography and Wood
It can be said of a true woodworker that they have sawdust in their veins. I have always loved working in wood, since childhood. My father and I made several things in the garage. But wood turning was always something back in my mind as a hidden passion. Once I bought my first lathe, it was clear to me that this was within me all along. My mother thought I should take up wood carving, but it never occurred. I think she would be pleased. I let a piece of wood talk to me, to tell me what it needs to become. As I turn the conversation continues, and the results are a magic blend of creativity and technical ability. Experimenting with different woods and products to reveal refreshing images is always on my mind. As one of about 100 practicing ornamental turners in the country, I find using my Rose Engine lathe a pleasing challenge, knowing that each time I create something, it will have it’s own personality. The complexity of this art has given me a new outlet in creativity, and always a special challenge with a different wood, or design.
While the unique one-of-a-kind challenges on my Rose Engine and other lathes are always rewarding, I make a series of usable art items such as pepper mills, handled kitchen items, and pens that are very popular and unique in their own rite. It’s a way to share my creations with the buying public and still make what I like. With the addition of Pyrography, inlay, and coloring, I’ve expanded the options for embellishing my work, both artistic and utilitarian, to give it another unique aspect. Using unusual woods and styles keeps them fresh and in demand. I have gained a following in these items, and I love that they keep come back for more.
My work is in galleries and shops around the continent, including our own, Grizzly Gallery & Gifts, on our ranch in Penryn. It has given me the opportunity to share my art locally along with my wife and keep my art at reasonable and affordable prices to those looking for special pieces. Shops that carry my works are looking for something different, and I am glad to supply that. I have mentored for several years, and enjoy the delight that my students get once they have mastered each new level and their appreciation of the art.
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