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About Me

So many shapes, so little time!

I simply love turning wood, watching the shape develop, more or less at my command. I worked on the lathe as much as I could in high school, until they finally forced me to do other projects. Something about "sharing."  Eventually, my revenge was to buy my own lathe, so that I could turn whenever and whatever I wanted. To this day, I don't take commissions; I turn for my own satisfaction. I make what I want, when I want. If people like my pieces, they're for sale. If not: "have a nice day."


During my 35 years as a printmaker, helping artists make original graphics, I found my own artistic voice as a maker/crafter/artist. Woodturning is my way of exercising that voice.

 

For the most part, my pieces are meant to be handled and used.

Touch is primary to me, therefore, making feel secondary to form or function, has never appealed to me. Sometimes a piece's function is simply to be appreciated for it's feel or form.

I try to visualize a pleasing (to me) form that resonates with what I see in the wood. I try to make touching my pieces exquisite pleasure. I strive for a silky smoothness, which is delightful to hold. I even try to make the textures feel soft.

 

In spite of wooden pieces' unspoken invitation to be touched, people are often reluctant to do so.  I always encourage people to handle my pieces. I do this for two reasons. First, they are meant to be functional, which means handling. Second, wood has a "magnetic" quality that sometimes makes it "stick" to people's hands. In other words, they pick up my turnings, and don't want to put them down.

 

I love:


I love that wood has the advantage of having an intrinsic beauty in addition to whatever feel, form, or function I might bring to the piece.

I love the way visual textures often confound the eye.

I love turnings that fall into the hand as though that is their sole purpose.

I love when someone picks up one of my pieces and cannot put it down.

I love seeing someone buy a piece due to the emotional connection that has been made by touching/seeing.

I love finding inspiration in areas as diverse as potato chips, the human form, and ancient baskets and pottery.

I love simple shapes with flowing lines and a soft look and feel.

I love finding harmony between feel, form, and function.

I love that woodturning allows me to express things that I cannot do any other way.

I love the immediacy of seeing the form develop before my eyes.

 

I love turning wood.

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