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The lathe has been part of the human experience for a very long time: We know that humans spooned their food from wooden bowls for several thousand years. Man finally reasoned there must be a better way, than scraping out with a stone, to shape wood from a log. And, eventually, the first lathe was born. From then to now, the lathe has evolved into a superb instrument which now makes it possible for man to turn both beautiful art and useful items.

Woodturning artists can and do go in all aesthetic directions these days; sometimes it seems that new ideas are without limit. For example, early turnings when completed had their bottom surfaces simply covered with felt (to hide the holes left from the work-holding screws). Today, we have techniques and methods which permit careful decoration and finishing of the bottom of the piece. As a result, all surfaces are equal in today's turned art.

As long as nature continues to give woodturners beautiful woods, and especially large burls loaded with 'nature's artwork', occlusions, bark inclusions, insect infestations and more----new forms will appear which both the turner and viewer will revel in. I know I will never tire of the challenge of creating sculpted art from a burl.

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Halfway ThereThe wood’s shape dictated the finished abstract bowl shape. That 'straight' edge along the portion of the rim nearest the front still has its bark which, adds bite to the piece. Had I turned this section of the wood away, it would be a bowl, not an art form. In fact, the visual focus on this piece is that natural deformity, hence its title,"Halfway There".
Item Number: 5S   Price: $395.00
Heavy DayThis piece was created from a heavy, handsome example of white oak ; wood which can be used to create beautiful turnings. After a complete drying out period white oak can be challenging to turn. Sculptured turnings like this one make for a marvelous conversation piece when placed upon a coffee table: or, fitted with a hanger and displayed on the wall. Item Number: 6S   Price: $295.00
North Fork SunriseThe wood "North Fork Sunrise" was created from seemed to be bursting with energy, what with its great variety of configurations and coloring. Its look reminded me of the beautiful sunrises that we experience on the North Fork, and so that is what the cherry burl became. The textured rays from the sun were dyed to simulate the dawn's red sky.
Item Number: 7S   Price: $350.00
Satellite 1 Cherry"Satellite" is from the same series of turnings as the cherry free form shown above (number 4S). Here, the rim was turned so that it gives the appearance of passing through the bowl. Yet, the piece is in balance and it stands on its own. To date, all pieces in the Satellite series have been of cherry burl, which lends itself beautifully to such forms. Item Number: 8S   Price: $300.00
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