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About My Art

Much of the enjoyment of what I do comes from combining traditional turning techniques that date back hundreds of years with the challenge of producing unique, engaging and beautiful contemporary designs. I utilize an ornamental lathe that is more than 180 years old with only a few updates to the cutters and lathe spindle drive (although there are still times I prefer to treadle or hand operate it instead). For additional capabilities, I also use a rosette lathe, a method of turning that dates back more than 500 years. Together, the possibilities are endless! My fascination with merging the organic and the industrial, the natural and the machine-made feeds my passion for woodturning.

Ethically Sourced Materials

From day one, the wood I use has come from second-hand or recycled sources—a product of the urban forest we live in, salvaged from tree trimmers, and saved from the wood chipper, fireplace or landfill. Since the materials for successful ornamental turning require dense, tight-grained timber usually not found locally, I seek out sources of offcuts or rejects from instrument and furniture makers. I'm always exploring more conscious and sustainable options for my materials. Efforts are made to ensure that any purchased wood is from sustainable, environmentally managed sources. Every scrap of material, no matter how small, is saved for use in future projects. Scraps are not burned and shavings are recycled into my community's green waste program.

In Public Collections

  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.
  • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. (2011)
  • Dale Nish Collection, Provo, UT. (2006)
  • The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA. (2004)

Accolades

  • 2016 Rose Cup - OTI Symposium, Denver, CO.
  • 2012 Masters Cup - OTI Symposium, Scranton, PA.
  • 2012 Straightline Wood Cup - OTI Symposium, Scranton, PA.
  • 2010 Masters Cup - OTI Symposium, San Jose, CA.
  • 2009 3rd place - Box & Container Show, Northwest Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
  • 2008 Juror's Award - California Contours, San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • 2005 1st place - Dimensions, San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA

Presentations

  • 2016 Ornamental Turners International Symposium, Denver, CO.
  • 2016 Silicon Valley Woodturners, San Mateo, CA.
  • 2014 American Association of Woodturners Symposium, Phoenix, AZ.
  • 2011 Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA.
  • 2011 Ornamental Turners International Symposium, St. Paul, MN.
  • 2011 American Association of Woodturners Symposium, St. Paul, MN.
  • 2010 Ornamental Turners International Symposium, San Jose CA.
  • 2008 Ornamental Turners International Symposium, St. Louis, MO.
  • 2006 Ornamental Turners International Symposium, New Castle, NH.
  • 2006 Silicon Valley Woodturners, San Jose, CA.

In Books

  • Waves of Grain. American Association of Woodturners, 2017.
  • Robin Wood's CORES Recycled, Schiffer Publishing, 2015.
  • Bartram's Boxes Remix, Schiffer Publishing, 2014.
  • Turning to Art in Wood – A Creative Journey, Schiffer Publishing, 2012.
  • Woodturning Today, A Dramatic Evolution, Fox Chapel Publishing, 2011.
  • Wood Art Today 2, Schiffer Publishing, 2010.
  • The Art of Jewelry: Wood, Lark Books, 2008.
  • Best of California Artists, Kennedy Publications, 2007.
  • Color, Prentice-Hall, 5th Edition, 2006.
  • 500 Bracelets, Lark Books, 2005
  • 500 Wood Bowls, Lark Books, 2004.

In Periodicals

  • Ornamental Turners International, Vol. 23, No. 2, Winter 2016.
  • American Craft Council, Week in Craft. May 25, 2016.
  • Woodworker West, May-June 2016.
  • Rose Engine News, Vol. 6, No. 2. Fall-Winter 2015-2016.
  • Rose Engine News, Spring-Summer 2015.
  • American Art Collector, January 2015.
  • Woodturning, April 2014.
  • Ornamental Turners International, Summer 2013.
  • American Woodturner, June 2012.
  • Woodwork, Winter 2012.
  • Rose Engine News, Autumn-Winter 2011.
  • Jenson Online Express, Sept, 7, 2011.
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug. 18, 2011.
  • Woodworker West, July-Aug 2011.
  • Ornamental Turners International, Spring 2011.
  • American Woodturner, June 2011.
  • Society of Ornamental Turners Bulletin, March 2011.
  • American Woodturner, Feb. 2011.
  • Rose Engine News, Fall-Winter 2010.

 

  • Turning Points, October 2010.
  • Woodworker West, Sep-Oct 2010.
  • Ornamental Turners International, Summer 2010.
  • American Woodturner, June 2010.
  • Woodworker West, Jan-Feb 2010.
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel, Dec. 9, 2009.
  • Ornamental Turners International, Summer 2009.
  • American Woodturner, Summer 2009.
  • American Woodturner, Spring 2009.
  • Woodworker West, Jan-Feb 2009.
  • Woodworker West, Sep-Oct 2008.
  • American Woodturner, Spring 2008.
  • American Woodturner, Fall 2007.
  • Best of California Artists, Kennedy Publications, 2007.
  • American Woodturner, Spring 2007.
  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County Calendar, 2006.
  • Anchorage News Daily, Sept. 30, 2005.
  • American Craft, Feb/Mar 2005.
  • American Woodturner, Fall 2004.
  • Crafts Report, August 2004.

Exhibitions

2017
Waves of Grain, AAW Symposium, Kansas City, MO.
Small Treasures, Wood Symphony (online).
Small Favors: Think Inside the Box. The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA.
Bartrams Box Remix, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA.
2016
Flashback | Fast Forward, The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA.
Bartrams Box Remix, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA.
Ornamental Turners International Symposium, Denver, CO.
POP Exhibit & Auction, AAW Symposium, Atlanta, GA.
Bartrams Box Remix, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA.
Santa Cruz Woodworkers, R. Blitzer Gallery; Santa Cruz, CA.
Patterns International Invitational, AAW Gallery of Wood Art; St. Paul, MN.
Bartrams Box Remix, The Bascom, Highlands, NC.
2015
Bartrams Box Remix, The Bascom, Highlands, NC.
Bartrams Box Remix, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI.
2014
American Association of Woodturners Symposium Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.
Bartrams Box Remix, The Center for Art In Wood, Philadelphia, PA.
2013
Currents, Gallery of Wood Art, St Paul MN.
Currents, SOFA Art + Design Expo, Chicago, IL.
Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL.
Currents, American Association of Woodturners Symposium, Tampa, FL.
Robin Wood’s Cores Recycled, The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA.
2012
Robin Wood’s Cores Recycled, The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA.
A Taste for Spoons, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA.
Ornamental Turners International Symposium, Scranton, PA.
American Association of Woodturners Symposium Gallery, San Jose, CA.
2011
Small Wonders, Santa Cruz Art League. Santa Cruz, CA.
Art Hang, Tannery Art Center. Santa Cruz, CA.
Inside & Outside The Box, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Studio Made: Santa Cruz Woodworkers, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA,
American Association of Woodturners Symposium Gallery, St. Paul, MN.
Featured Artist, Gallery M, Half Moon Bay, CA.
Museum Collection Showcase, in conjunction with the show, "Exotic Woods, Metal Cutters and Dale Chase: Ornamental Turning from the Walter Balliet Collection," Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Cultural Council Benefit Auction, Santa Cruz, CA.

 

2010
Box & Container Show, NW Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
Ornamental Turners International Symposium, San Jose, CA.
Wood Is Good, Davenport Gallery, Davenport, CA.
American Association of Woodturners Symposium, Educational Opportunity Grant Auction, Hartford, CT.
Art For Art, River Street Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA.
Santa Cruz Woodworkers Exhibit, Rittenhouse Building, Santa Cruz, CA.
Contemporary Wood Art: Collectors’ Selections, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA
Cultural Council Benefit Auction, Santa Cruz, CA.
2009
Santa Cruz Woodworkers Exhibit, Rittenhouse Building, Santa Cruz, CA.
Box & Container Show, NW Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
American Association of Woodturners Symposium Gallery, Albuquerque, NM.
Utah Woodturning Symposium Gallery Exhibit, Orem, UT.
Turning to the Future: A Fresh Look at Wood Art, Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC.
2008
Box & Container Show, NW Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
California Contours, San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA. (Received juror's award.)
Ornamental Turners International Symposium, St. Louis, MO.
Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz, CA.
Sculptural Wood Exhibit, American Art Co., Tacoma, WA.
Rose-Engines and Kings: Contemporary Ornamental Turning, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Spotlight On: Wood, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Scottsdale, AZ.
Turned Wood — Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2007
American Association of Woodturners Symposium Gallery, Portland, OR.
Box & Container Show, NW Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
Sculptural Wood Exhibit, American Art Co., Tacoma, WA.
Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz, CA.
Cultural Council Benefit Auction, Santa Cruz, CA.
Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), New York, NY.
Turned Wood — Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2006
Box & Container Show, NW Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
Ornamental Turners International Symposium, Portsmouth, NH.
California Contours, San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA.
Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL.
Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), New York, NY.
Cultural Council Benefit Auction, Santa Cruz, CA.
Turned Wood — Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

 

2005
Holiday Spot Invitational, NemoArt Gallery, Anchorage, AK.
Box & Container Show, NW Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
Craft Showcase, Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, CA.
Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz, CA.
Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL.
Dimensions 2005, San Luis Obispo, CA (Received juror's first place award.)
Sculptural Wood Exhibit, American Art Co., Tacoma, WA.
Featured Artist, NemoArt Gallery, Anchorage, AK.
Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Philadelphia, PA.
Innovations: Perspectives in Turning, Philadelphia, PA & Brookfield, CT.
Masters in Wood, Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ.
California Black & White, The Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA.
Artist Reflections, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA.
NICHE Awards Exhibit, Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA.
Materials: Hard & Soft, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX.
Utah Woodturning Symposium Gallery Exhibit, Provo, UT.
Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), New York, NY.
Cultural Council Benefit Auction, Santa Cruz, CA.
Turned Wood — Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2004
Craft Showcase, Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, CA.
Box & Container Show, NW Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
Utah Woodturning Symposium Gallery Exhibit, Provo, UT.
Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz, CA.
Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL.
Tree of Life: Wood Art, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Solo Show, County Government Center, Santa Cruz, CA.
One and Only, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI.
Wood-O-Rama, Yieser Art Center, Paducah, KY.
Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), New York, NY.
Cultural Council Benefit Auction, Santa Cruz, CA.
Featured Artist, Gallery M, Half Moon Bay, CA.
Turned Wood — Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2003
Box & Container Show, NW Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA.
Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz, CA.
Cultural Council Benefit Auction, Santa Cruz, CA.
2002
Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz, CA.

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