Since my young years, I have had a spirited interest in artistic expression. I have searched for that interest in many mediums, but primarily wood. I have created objects out of wood, including furniture, household items, and sculptures. After attending a woodworkers show in 2000, an inherent interest in woodturning was rekindled. Since that time, I have become an active and avid woodturner. I feel stimulated in a new and exciting way by the artistic and technical avenues that woodturning has expanded into and now offers me. Artistic expression in turned wood has come alive in the past 25 years, and I am enthusiastic about being a part of this creative direction.
In my woodturning, I seek to explore the relationship of form and shape in turned objects, with woods that offer rich figure, color and unusual character. Creating a beautiful and appealing form in a unique way is a paramount goal for each piece that I create. Take a look at my Showcase Gallery of turned objects and one-of-a-kind creations, and see for yourself!
Natural imperfections found in wood are often used to advantage in my work. Features such as unusual figure, distressed spaces, bark inclusions, spalting (which is the initial stage of decay) and bark on natural edges are employed to achieve striking and unusual character in combination with complimentary form and shape.
My studio is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just outside Front Royal, Virginia. From my studio window, I have a spectacular view of Skyline Drive located in the National Park. I have a large supply of trees from the salvage of old windfall and timber cut in the old logging heydays. This provides me with a variety of cants, flitches, lumber, bowl blocks, turning squares and burls to turn wood and fashion my one-of-a-kind creations.
I am an active member of a number of organizations that provide me an abundant opportunity and challenge for peer interchange and critical assessment, as well as technical and artistic growth.
As you browse my web site, you will see many samples of my inventory, all of them uniquewith no two pieces exactly alike, heirlooms that can be passed down from one generation to the next. Other pages contain a list of individual items that are for sale, offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As people are as unique as the turned objects I sell, please feel free to contact me if you have any special requests! One-of-a-kind creations, like wedding bowls, are a specialty.
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