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.
I have worked with wood since being a boy in Denver, Colorado. In 1975, I purchased a lathe and began to teach myself wood turning with the help of a book. My knowledge and skills have been enhanced through workshops organized by Albert LeCoff, and demonstrations at the American Association of Woodturners, Capitol Area Woodturners, Montgomery County Woodturners, and Chesapeake Woodturners. I am a founding member of CAW and MCW, and am also active in the James Renwick Alliance.
I primarily get wood from local trees that must be cut down, and I often allow the wood to spalt to increase the natural patterns. I am inspired by the work of such modern sculptors as Isamu Noguchi, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Wharton Esherick, and pioneer wood turner Bob Stocksdale.
I exhibit my work in galleries and juried or invitational shows. My bowls are in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Gelman Library Collection at George Washington University, Mobile Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, The Center For Art In Wood, several major wood collections, and appreciated by hundreds of owners.