Woodturning allows me a unique way to express creativity and craftsmanship.
I often start with “up-cycled” materials: trees removed from someone’s yard, wood intercepted on its way to the dump, pieces rescued from the firewood pile, or native trees removed for conservation efforts or fire prevention.
When using found wood as a medium, I rarely fully design a thing before I start making it. I start with an idea, but when I cut into the wood and see what lies inside that idea might be modified. It is important to me that I work with what Mother Nature has provided. Sometimes I find beautiful figure, other times there are defects that need to be avoided (or even highlighted). Those discoveries often mean completely changing the form I thought I was creating. I enjoy responding to and working with nature in this way.
I have the privilege of being able to turn wood in my shop and studio in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado.
These are examples of some of my work. It is not a “product catalog”, and not normally very up to date. Many of these pieces are sold or unavailable. If there’s something that interests you, contact me at email@example.com and we can see if I have something similar that you’d like.
Goblet of Big Leaf Maple burl (with dyed maple stem). About 4-1/4″ tall, bowl is about 2-1/4″ diameter. Spray lacquer finish.
Goblet with the natural burl surface on the outside of the goblet bowl, and top side of the base. Big Leaf Maple burl with dyed maple stem. About 6-1/4″ tall. The bowl is about 3-1/4″ diameter. Finished with spray lacquer. This piece was selected by the American Association of Woodturners Forum as Turning of the … Continue reading Natural Burl Surface Goblet
About 7″ diameter x 4.5″ high. Walnut, turned green, sliced, and re-assembled with maple pewa. Finish is walnut oil. There are a few small walnut pewa stitching a crack on one side (not shown in the picture).
This piece is about 7″ diameter and 3-1/2″ tall. Lots of worm holes around one side, which I have cleaned out of all the “bug dirt”.
Replaced a broken handle on an old school bell. The handle is about 6″ long. Used paint and various stains to attempt to imitate (or at least hint at) the patina of the original.
Maple Hollow Form, about 5″ diameter and 6″ tall. Sliced and re-assembled with walnut strips. Lacquer finish.