For any artist or craftsperson , wood is an extraordinary material.
It can be transformed into utilitarian objects or purely artistic ones.
It can be boldly figured or provide a plain canvas for many
types of embellishment. Each piece of wood is unique -
there will never be another exactly like it, ever.
I fell in love with wood early in life when I began whittling as a child.
Since retiring from a career in publishing, I have discovered
the endless possibilities of working on a lathe, and transforming
lathe-turned objects using additional techniques such as dyeing, woodburning, texturing, and metal leaf.
Generally I work with locally sourced hardwoods that would otherwise
end up in a landfill or be ground into mulch. Occasionally I use
exotics that are sourced from responsible importers who utilize
sustainable practices. Wherever it’s from, I love the challenge of
bringing out the special qualities of each piece.