ARTIST STATEMENT


I was born in London, England in 1950 and became a professional musician by the age of sixteen. I met my wife, Iona in the United States and married her
in London in 1972. That Christmas I was given a lathe attachment for my Black & Decker drill by my wife and began what I thought then to be my hobby.

I was basically self taught. In 1975 I became a U.S. resident. I was stunned by the imagination and the artistry of the woodturners in this country. My focus and major concentration has been on large burlwood Vessels and Wall Sculptures and Sculpted Wall Mirrors and Orbital Sculptures.

In 1983 my wife and I owned a gallery for a year and found it to be “not as easy as it looks”. I became a US Citizen in 1993 and feel honored to be an American.

I feel a tremendous importance and responsibility each time I begin a new piece. Pondering a burl that was once a living part of a tree, I treat the cutting of it like a diamond. Knowing this piece of wood was and can be again a thing of beauty, I’m obliged to the wood, it’s not obliged to me.

When I look at the surface of the wood it seems to dictate what form it should be. The piece I turn could probably outlive me, thus, I know how important what I make might be.

In creating music, you’re creating out of thin air. There’s no material that you’re working with when you begin. It’s like magic, appearing from thin air. When you’re working with a solid object like a piece of tree, you can only do it once. The responsibility is therefore greater than creating a new song which can be wiped out and started again.

Playing music on stage is instantaneous. Any movement you make is done and
gone. It’s just a feeling at that time. If someone asked me “why did you play that thing at that part” after the show or performance I would say, what part? There’s no magic at one part. The whole thing is what really matters. I feel in turning wood the importance is in the whole piece, not the part. Not the neck, the bead, or the foot.

Turning wood for me began as an outlet. Fun in just using the lathe. I could spend hours as my wife would say making “toothpicks”. Now, woodturning challenges me and I find myself in the midst of the beginning of my future!


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