My interest in wood began with a desire to create a lasting object
by hand. I spent several years constructing cabinets, wine racks, and cutting
boards. While perusing the usual wood periodicals, I became fascinated by what
was happening in the wood turning field. The hollow vessels being created by
Ellsworth, Peterson, Jordan, Moulthrop et al in the late 80's struck an
artistic cord. I was amazed with their ability to blend technical skill with
artistic vision. The turning field seemed to be fresh and evolving at a rapid
In 1991 I purchased my first lathe and began to teach myself to turn. Living in the remote Eastern Sierra region of California, I knew of no local turners to contact for instruction. Instead, I bought a few videos and began to make lots of shavings and an occasional completed bowl, I have been lucky enough to attend a few national woodturning symposiums, which were a great source of information and inspiration. My desire to explore hollow forms quickly consumed most of my lathe time.
In 1995 1 began attending about a dozen arts and crafts shows a year to sell my work. I share my booth with my wife, Nancy, a wildlife watercolorist. We travel throughout California and Nevada to market our work. I also market my work at several galleries.
Although I still create hundreds of traditional hollow vessels and lidded containers a year, I am increasingly drawn to more sculptural and self-expressive forms. The glass and ceramic art fields are significant influences on my work. I am currently investing the use of mixed media in my woodturnings.
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