In these uncertain times (Covid-19, local fires, record heatwave!) one thing is certain for me –– my desire to lathe-turn wood into beautiful objects, just as i’ve done for the past twenty years. Now, for the first time, I’ve compiled a retrospective of the highlights onto a single page! View Pinterest portfolio
When I’m turning on an ornamental lathe, I often think about the history of the tools I’m using (my lathe has survived 12 pandemics!) and the inventers and artists who explored ornamental turning before me. With that in mind, and the extra time at hand due to Covid-19 stay-at-home orders, I decided to significantly remake an OT website I created in 2007. You’ll find www.ornamentalturning.net brings together the stories of past turners and toolmakers in a new way, offering a useful context for the work OT enthusiasts create today. Delving into the history makes me appreciate the rich tradition of our field and proud to help carry it forward.
Delighted to be featured in the June 2020 issue of American Woodturner magazine article about the upcoming Nature/Nurture Professional Outreach Program (POP) Exhibition. Included are a sampling of works form this year's show with an introduction by Tib Shaw. This year’s benefit auction, typically held during the AAW Symposium, will be conducted via live online bidding. Auction site
No surprise i’ve been spending more time in the workshop these days… as the coronavirus took off and shelter-in-place orders were imposed I found myself cozying up to the Holtzapffel for comfort! Made in 1836, I realized this lathe has survived many pandemics over the last 184 years - 12 to be exact! Counting on it to help me though this one too!
This is a curated exhibition of prominent international wood artists and I'm delighted to be in such great company! My offering is a collection of 18 nut & seed miniatures ranging from 1/4" to 2" height (plus two whole and two partial seed pod specimens). These carefully hollow-turned miniatures are made from seed pods and palm nuts from around the world. Exhibit website
This exhibit began in St. Paul, MN and was to be shown later that year in Louisville, KY at the AAW Woodturning Symposium. It was turned into a virtual symposium due to the pandemic and the piece was sold during that event in an online benefit auction. Pictured here is a detail from my piece inspired by the Monarch butterflies that return to my hometown each year and huddle in large clusters to stay warm through the winter. When temperatures rise, they suddenly burst into flight by the hundreds! Exhibit website
Masters of Contemporary Wood Art, Volume II presents an overview of what is currently being created in the world of contemporary wood art by bringing together works of world-renowned and internationally recognized masters of wood art from around the world. I'm very happy to be included among so many exceptional artists! Book preview
A Miniature Diamond Swirl Mandala Cup is featured in the book 1x1: A Legacy Of Craft, Community and Art In Wood. This piece was created for Albert LeCoff on the occasion of his 2018 retirement from the The Center for Art in Wood. The special edition book highlights small wonders from 53 artists and helps support the Fleur Bresler Publication Fund at the Center. Find out more
Carrying on the tradition started by Del Mano Gallery, Larisa Safaryan has curated another fantastic collection of pieces no larger than six inches in any direction. The exhibition features work by 40 artists from across the United States, Sweden, France, Germany, Ireland, UK, Japan, Peru and as far away as Australia. Exhibit website
In this display of artistic wood boxes curated by Wood Symphony Gallery, leading national and international artists offer a variety of ways an imaginative mind can transform the simple form into a unique work of art. View the exhibition
Honored to be the featured artist in DrechslerMagazin's August 2019 issue! Inside you'll find a beautiful five-page layout with numerous photos and details of how and why I create ornamental turnings. Find out more
Continuum is a themed juried exhibit on display at the AAW woodturning symposium in July followed by a gallery exhibit in St. Paul through the end of the year. I'm very excited to have brand new work included in this show, sale and print publication.
Honored to be part of the Southern Highland Craft Guild's exhibition in Asheville, NC. The show features 30 turners from around the world and runs throughout the summer from June 29th to September 22nd. On display are my Bulb Boxes — a collection of American hardwood vessels combined with exotic hardwood enclosures in the shape of a light bulb! Visit gallery website
The June 2019 issue of American Woodturner magazine presents some of my new work in an article entitled "Two Must-See Wood Art Exhibitions this Summer." It features various artists from the upcoming WOODn't You Like to Know exhibit on display throughout the summer at the Folk Art Center of the Southern Highland Craft Guild on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visit gallery website
My ETSY shop is up and running! Here's the place to find unique hand-made gifts and collectibles from my workshop. Also available are museum quality pieces and works made specifically for themed exhibitions which have been featured in books and other publications, some of which have never been previously offered for sale. Each item is one-of-a-kind and when it's gone it's gone, so don't delay and have a look today! Visit ETSY shop