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 caressing it.

--Dixie Biggs


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