Rod Surber's Profile
I am a self-taught wood turner participating in a modern renaissance of using very old hand-turning techniques and modern, electrically powered lathes in which all the machine does is spin the wood; the tools are held and presented to the wood by hand, which means that each piece (even in a matched set), is entirely unique. I make many of the cutting tools I use myself as well, using very old (and somewhat primitive), blacksmithing techniques.
In keeping with long and dearly held environmental ethics, all of the wood I turn is salvaged, which simply means that it was not commercially harvested. Most of my processes start with green logs destined for the rubbish-heap or the firewood pile. My sources include construction sites, storm-damage, city corporation yards, green waste recycling centers, and a growing circle of citizens who are familiar with my work and call me when they prune or remove a tree from…
- Born on November 14
- Joined March 25, 2011