West Linn, Or.
I began turning wood when I moved to the Northwest in 2001. Since then, I have traveled the art show circuit with about 100 shows in California, Nevada, Montana, Washington and Oregon. This has given me experience needed to perfect my design and creativity.
I turn and shape each piece according to criteria that the wood displays: where and what inclusions are there, how the figure of the wood seems to be played out, the grain of the wood, the condition of the wood. Natural edges complement the burl�s individualism.
All my burl wood is purchased. Another source of wood is downed trees that have fallen, anytime from one to ten years ago. I have turned Fence post vases from 100-year-old posts so some of my work is considered recycling.
Sanding and finishing is done with oil, shellac, varnish and lacquer depending on the turning produced. Hopefully we can create an object people find attractive.urning produced. Hopefully we can create an object people find attractive and love to touch.