I am honored to have been selected as a Juried Virginia Artisan by the Artisans Center of Virginia. Having my work accepted in a venue that features so many truly gifted artisans from across the Commonwealth conveys a significant responsibility that cannot be taken lightly. My chosen medium is wood; specifically wood turned on a lathe. My turnings span the spectrum from functional to purely decorative with an emphasis on the use of burls, spalted wood and wood with ingrown bark, mineral stains and other defects.
My love of wood and woodworking began in my youth in Indiana surrounded by an extended family of skilled craftsmen. A degree in Forestry added understanding of the properties of wood. Working as a cabinetmaker building custom cabinets and furniture in Ohio led to opening a retail woodworking store. That, in turn, provided my introduction to woodturning and my immediate fascination with the process of exposing the unique beauty hidden within logs and timbers that would likely to be rejected for other applications. The store also gave me an opportunity to meet, observe and learn from nationally recognized woodturners who conducted seminars in our class room. This developed my appreciation for the importance of design, proportion and finish. Seeing the work of these consummate professionals further encouraged me to remain constantly focused on execution; to keep the walls of my turnings thin and uniform and always proportionally pleasing to the eye.
Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Consignment/Retail, Demonstrations, Exhibition