About my work and myself

In Massachusetts, where I grew up, northern and central hardwood forest types intermix. This meant that where you stood on a hillside determined whether you were in a stand of maple – birch – beech or oak – hickory. Black cherry and walnut, two of North America’s finest hardwoods, were also there. And when I roamed those woods as a boy the area was still mostly undeveloped forest. 

Wood and the forests it comes from have always had a strong influence on me. My dad is probably responsible for this- he frequently took my brother and I into the woods to hike, fish or hunt. Working with milled lumber fascinated me from an early age as well, and I was pounding nails into 2 x 4 scraps as soon as I was old enough to hold a hammer. After graduating high school I worked as a logger for a year and then paid for college by clearing house lots and selling firewood. Time spent in the woods aroused curiosities which led to a career studying the ecology of forest  wildlife, and I am still a professional wildlife biologist. But I have always found a creative outlet in woodworking. And, although I no longer live there, tree species from my native New England are among my favorites to work with. 

I make art from wood because wood and the forests that wood comes from have been integral in my life. I grew up in forests, have spent most of my career working in forests, and I return to forests for nourishment, inspiration, and recreation. 


I gravitated to the lathe because I enjoy the free creative process; imagining a shape, searching out a log with the right color, grain and figure, sawing from it a blank, trimming at the band saw, mounting on the lathe... and starting the bewitching process of realizing (freeing, actually) the form that already lives within. Turning also causes me to explore myself while exploring the creative forms that can be found inside a log.

Through turning I exercise my appreciation for art and how it can influence people. Art can inspire and uplift, and it can carry your thoughts far from the day's cares. Cherished things provide comfort. I suppose I could turn bowls and keep them on a shelf or throw them into the woodstove (and several early ones went there). But I would like to be a part of this, to try my best to contribute something of beauty, and this is the reason for this site. 

 

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful"

            ~William Morris

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

~2018~ 

Amuse Yeux, A Small Delight for the Eyes, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

35th Annual All Colorado Art Show, Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, Greenwood Village, CO

Expressions, A Summer Art Show and Sale, Community Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO

~2017~ 

Loveland National Fine Art Show, Lincoln Gallery, Loveland, CO

National Greeley Art Exhibition, Union Colony Civic Center, Greeley, CO

Expressions, A Summer Art Show and Sale, Community Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO

21st National Lines into Shapes Art Competition, Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO

 

~2016~

Paths, Boardwalk Art Gallery, The Art & Heritage Center, Windsor, CO

Expressions, A Summer Art Show and Sale. Carnegie Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO

Lines into Shapes, 20th Annual National Juried Art Competition and Sale. Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO

~2015~

Louisville Art Association 30th National Fine Art Show, Louisville, CO

Spring Forward, Artist's Association of Northern Colorado, Carnegie Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO; First Place - Sculptures. 

Fall into Art, Artist's Association of Northern Colorado, Carnegie Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO; Best in Show

Lines into Shapes, 19th Annual National Juried Art Competition and Sale. Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO

~2014~

Lines into Shapes, 18th Annual National Juried Art Competition and Sale. Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO; First Place - Sculptures.

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ABOUT MY WORK



My primary wood source is local trees that were diseased, storm damaged, or in the path of construction. Most of this type of wood is best suited for artisan pieces, but beautiful wood can be found locally and I search hard for it. I also purchase exotic wood from wood dealers when I need stock to meet the requirements for a specific piece.

Under no circumstances do I use tree species listed as vulnerable or threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and I only purchase wood that is certified “Sustainably Harvested” by the Forest Stewardship Council. 

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See more of my work on Etsy at HomeSpun Bowls. I emphasize artisan pieces there and artistic pieces here. Visit both sites to see all of my work.

 

 

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