I grew up with a love of carving and a fascination for
working with wood. My interest in woodturning began
in 1974 when I taught myself to use a wood lathe so
I could duplicate a chess set my grandfather had made.
My work has evolved from that initial experience.
I turn each piece on a lathe using hand held chisels.
After the turning process is complete I embellish the
surface of much of my work using various carving tools,
both hand held and power carvers. Often the wood will
dictate what kind of surface texture I use. Many of
my designs are inspired by my love of the trees themselves
and the world of nature around me. They tend to have
an organic feel.
I get a great deal of excitement watching a piece take
shape from my hands. I never know what I'm going to
find once I peel away the bark of a log. Sometimes there
is buried treasure! It is such a thrill when I find
unexpected swirls, burls, patterns and colors.
I love finding wood that others have discarded and breathing
new life into it. I feel I've accomplished this when
someone can't resist picking up a piece of my work and