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 design a thing before I start making it. I start with an idea, but it is not until I cut into the wood and see what lies inside that I can start to 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 sometimes explore ways to enhance and accent the wood using color, burning, fill material, etc. One unique technique I like uses high-voltage electricity to burn Lichtenberg Fractal patterns (lightening) into the wood. I call these “Tesla Bowls“.
I also make wooden Shot Barrels – a small oak whisky barrel, charred on the inside just like a real barrel. And yes, you can actually drink from them!
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.
This Hollow Form is Walnut, about 6-1/2″ around and 5″ tall. Turned from a full log, so the pith (center of the log) runs thru the sides. The stress around the pith usually leads to cracking. After it sat for a while and developed some cracks, I repaired them with Maple Pewa patches There is … Continue reading Walnut Hollow Form
This Hollow Form is Walnut, about 7″ around and 4″ tall. It was turned from a full log, so the pith (center of the log) runs thru the sides of the form. There is a lot of stress around the pith, and it usually leads to cracking. After it sat for a while, it did … Continue reading Walnut Hollow Form
Some small walnut calabash bowls. the largest is 4″ x 3″, the small one is 2-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.
Walnut calabash bowl, 5″ x 3″. Pewas are Maple.
Calabash bowl, Walnut. 8″ diameter x 4″ high. Pewas and Huini pegs are Maple.
Calabash bowl, 8″ diameter x 5″ high. Walnut. Pewas are Maple, Huini pegs are Ebony.