My desire for less concrete and more creative woodwork landed me in a production cabinet shop. I soon became shop foreman. While working at the cabinet shop I noticed an old Shopsmith lathe sitting in the corner. This was the very same vintage machine that my dad owned and let me use to turn wood during my high school years. I purchased it, which began my addiction to woodturning. Through a magazine article I discovered segmented turning. All I could think about was gluing wood together and turning on the Shopsmith. This passion consumed my every spare moment.
My current body of work utilizes the passion for assembly I learned at an early age. The technical challenges I create for myself in working from vision to object provide great satisfaction. My goal is to speak to the viewer of my work through the intricacies of the wood grain. The emotion the wood can convey through the use of the grain of the material as it works in harmony with the shape of the forms is compelling. It invites the viewer along on a journey – a journey of a deeper, more contemplative experience.
Collaboration with Binh Pho
Cherry, walnut, holly, acrylic paints
25"h x 12"w x 9"d