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Like most lathe artists I am happiest when turning an original art form; this is true whether I am working on a hollow form, vessel, bowl, platter or sculpture. There is no denying it, the challenge is renewed whenever I secure a wood blank on the lathe and begin to turn art from a block of wood—i.e., something from nothing. That said, the fact is that a woodturner must also create a some utilitarian work in order to meet expenses. But, just because a utility piece may pale by comparison with turned art forms, it doesn’t mean that the turner casts creativity aside. In fact, every turner I know will tell you that no matter project spinning on the lathe, it should be approached with the attitude that it, too, will be something special.

If you are interested in purchasing one of the utilitarian pieces shown on these pages, or would like to discuss ordering a custom piece, you can reach me via phone or email me atharrysturn@gmail.com.

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Cherry_Bowl_3_green_apples'Still Life: Green Apples in a Cherry Bowl' is the second in my turned- food still life series. The bowl was turned while the cherry was still 'wet' thereby ensuring distortion as it dried. My intent was to have the fruit in what appeared might be an old farm bow. I feel this look makes a perfect frame for the green 'apples' it holds. Item Number: 9U   Price: $195.00 Pears_in_a_pearwood_bowlIt isn’t too often that pear wood becomes available on Long Island. Thus when several pear logs arrived at my studio, the first piece was quickly set aside for use in my 'still life' series. It is a lovely wood with nice grain thus it seemed logical to turn a natural edge to hold a grouping of pears. 'Still Life: Pears in a Pear Wood Bowl' is now in a private collection ($245.00). Item Number: 10U    Jack Wicks photo
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