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Now relocated to Brentwood, TN, I started out attempting wood turning on a Shopsmith as a way to make some table legs for a project I had in mind and had been collecting some really nice wood for. To date I have actually never made that table, getting somewhat side-tracked with the creative nature and processes of wood turning. I never intended for that to happen but am very pleased that it did. I no longer have the Shopsmith, rather I have acquired and sold various lathes, finally settling on one, and a shop full of equipment to support it. I have wood turning tools and wood and wood chips everywhere. I have discovered a passionate obsession and on a daily basis joyfully manipulate portions of trees into useful objects and art pieces that are used and currently circulated throughout the US, Canada, and Taiwan. My hope is many will be passed down through families for years and generations to come. I have created pieces that have…

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  • Joined April 8, 2011

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Exotics and domestics, particulary burls

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About

Now relocated to Brentwood, TN, I started out attempting wood turning on a Shopsmith as a way to make some table legs for a project I had in mind and had been collecting some really nice wood for. To date I have actually never made that table, getting somewhat side-tracked with the creative nature and processes of wood turning. I never intended for that to happen but am very pleased that it did. I no longer have the Shopsmith, rather I have acquired and sold various lathes, finally settling on one, and a shop full of equipment to support it. I have wood turning tools and wood and wood chips everywhere. I have discovered a passionate obsession and on a daily basis joyfully manipulate portions of trees into useful objects and art pieces that are used and currently circulated throughout the US, Canada, and Taiwan. My hope is many will be passed down through families for years and generations to come. I have created pieces that have been deemed "art" by representatives of the University of Wisconsin and placed on public display at the Eau Claire Public Library for months at a time. I am a wood turner.

Along the way I have also discovered that there is a very close attachment to each piece of wood as it is turned into a pleasing form. lt is more than that really. I have found I have a personal attachment, a relationship, to each piece I turn. As a result it is difficult to put them up for sale. I work with each piece of wood to discover what it can be, what I can make it be, and strive to do the best I can with each to bring out the individual qualities I see within it's confined individuality.

The result is art that can be used for any purpose any individual wants to use it for. I create wood objects but I do not define what they will be or do in the future. I hope you will enjoy any piece you purchase from me as much as I have enjoyed working through the process of bringing that piece about.

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