Fine Wood Turner

About My Work


Fine Turned Wood

7807 Hamilton Spring Road, Bethesda, MD 20817-4547     301-767-9863

Wood and wood turning stimulate my imagination.  Turning provides an opportunity to discover and experience form.  It is exciting to expose a tree’s figure and find a bowl inside.  A vessel is like a flowing object, revealing the inner beauty of that once majestic living tree.  The wood continues to live for us, providing enjoyment through sight, touch, and use. —  Phil Brown


Phil Brown has loved working with wood since he was a boy in Denver, Colorado.  In 1975, he purchased a lathe and began to teach himself wood turning with the help of a book.  His knowledge and skills have been enhanced through workshops organized by Albert LeCoff, and demonstrations at the American Association of Woodturners, Capitol Area Woodturners, and Montgomery County Woodturners.  He was a founding member of CAW and MCW, and continues to be active in these organizations as well as in the James Renwick Alliance.


He primarily uses the wood of local trees that must be cut down, and he often allows the wood to spalt to increase the natural patterns. He is inspired by the work of such contemporary sculptors Isamu Noguchi, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Wharton Esherick, and pioneer wood turner Bob Stocksdale.  He is known for his thinly turned open vessel forms and for his fine finishes.  Phil Brown exhibits his work nationally and internationally in galleries and juried or invitational shows.  His bowls are in five museum collections and in hundreds private collections, including those of major wood collectors.

Represented by:
 The Byrne Gallery, Middleburg, VAInternet

 The Artful Home


Museum Collections:

GW Permanent Collection, George Washington University, Washington DC

Mobile Art Museum, Mobile Alabama

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC

The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA


Phil Brown’s bowls are included in many major private collections of turned wood


Work Published in:

Turning to Art in Wood: A Creative Journey, THE CENTER FOR ART IN WOOD, 2011, p. 239.

Conversations with Wood: The Collection of Ruth and David Waterbury, Minneapolis Institute of

Arts, 2011, p. 66.

A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection, by Nicholas R. Bell, 2010, p. 117.

  Best of America: Pottery and Wood Turning, Volume 1, Kennedy Pub., 2007, pages 65-66.

Step Up to the Plate, American Association of Woodturners, 2006, page 27.


  Preserving the Past, Building for the Future, United States Embassy Dushanbe,

Art in Embassies Program, 2004, p. 3.

  500 Wood Bowls, Lark Books, 2004, pages 310, 363, and 382.

From Maryland to Bucharest, United States Embassy, Romania, Art in Embassies Program, 2000,

page 23.

  Pathways (catalog), Curated by Gene Kangas, 1998, page 22.

  Contemporary Crafts: Sourcebook of Craft Artists, The Guild: Madison Wisconsin, Gallery

Edition 1, 1994 (page 65) and gallery Edition 2, 1995  (page 57).

International Lathe-Turned Objects: Challenge IV, 1991, page 8.

  A Gallery of Turned Objects, edited by Albert LeCoff, 1981, page 3.


Articles and Interviews

“Hobbyist Turner Aims to be Professional,” Woodshop News, August 1988.

AMember Shop Visit – Phil Brown,@ MCW Newsletter, September 2007, pages 18-21.

AFinishing References and Notes from My Experience@ 2008, and AHow I Turn Green Wood@,


ADesigning with Numerical Ratios & Thin Wall Turning@, Turning Journal, Montgomery County

Woodturners, May 2009, pages 11-14.

AAs the World Turns: Exploring the Art of Wood,@



Life-Time Member, Capital Area Woodturners, 2013

First place – wood, 1998, 2007, 2009, and 2013; Second Prize- wood, 1992; Honorable Mention 2001;

The Crafts Collection, Creative Craft Council at Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD.

Best in Show: ATurnedwood 2009″, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD.

Honorable Mention: “Arts Council @GRACE”, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA, Jack

Rasmussen, juror, November 3, 2006.

Best in Show in 1997 and 1999:  Washington Woodworking Guild, Washington Wood, The Art

Barn, Washington, D.C.

Craftsmanship award in 2001 and 2003. Best Design Turning & Carving 2005: Washington

Woodworking Guild, Washington Wood, Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria, VA.

Equal Award: ASmall Works Show. The Art League, Alexandria, VA,, December 2004

Sculpture Award: AAll-Media Membership Show, The Art League, Alexandra, VA, Oct 2000.

Best in Sculpture: Kent Island Federation of Art, Annual Art Show, May, 1990