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My name is Reginald Stanley, I am a wood turner, born & raised in upstate New York and moved to South Carolina in 2000. I’ve been married 44 years to my best friend, have two grown kids, Reggie & Carrie, and five grandkids. When I’m not in the workshop on weekends, I am spending time with friends and family. I enjoy picking up my guitar and playing a few tunes with my mother.
I am a self-taught wood worker who learned by trial and error. I began making furniture and toys when the grandkids came along, back in 1994. About ten years ago, I started woodturning after going to a woodturning show in North Carolina and have been hooked ever since. Most of the wood I turn is from firewood, local trees that have died or were damaged by a storm.
Woodturning is a creative outlet for me after working all week as a superintendent at a bridge construction company. I enjoy turning new and diff…

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  • Male
  • Born on January 14
  • Joined January 21, 2010

Favorite materials

Cherry, Maple, Sweet Gum, Sycamore and spalted wood

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WoodExpressions
WOODEN CAKE STANDS, BOWLS, PLATES AND...

About

My name is Reginald Stanley, I am a wood turner, born & raised in upstate New York and moved to South Carolina in 2000. I’ve been married 44 years to my best friend, have two grown kids, Reggie & Carrie, and five grandkids. When I’m not in the workshop on weekends, I am spending time with friends and family. I enjoy picking up my guitar and playing a few tunes with my mother.
I am a self-taught wood worker who learned by trial and error. I began making furniture and toys when the grandkids came along, back in 1994. About ten years ago, I started woodturning after going to a woodturning show in North Carolina and have been hooked ever since. Most of the wood I turn is from firewood, local trees that have died or were damaged by a storm.
Woodturning is a creative outlet for me after working all week as a superintendent at a bridge construction company. I enjoy turning new and different things, but wooden bowls and my one-of-a-kind cake stands sell the best. My daughter was the one who encouraged me to sell my wood products on ArtFire. I think she was running out of space to put all the things I made her and the grandkids.
Selling my wooden items is not about making a lot of money for me; it’s more about supporting my craft and making something functional and beautiful out of wood that would have been used for firewood or ended up in a dumpsite. My bowls, cake stands and plates are oiled & waxed with a natural beeswax & orange oil combination that my wife makes to condition the wood to keep it food safe. Vases, boxes and decorative items may have several coats of lacquer to get a high sheen. I use a variety of finishes, but the wood used ultimately determines the finish I end up using. All my items are finished on the bottom with a texturing design, signed and dated.
My wife Sheila and I run Wood Expressions together, I make the sawdust and she takes care of all the picture taking, listing on-line, packaging and shipping. Grandkids have been known to pitch in and help out by running packages to the Post Office when things get a little busy. I have just started my own web site www.woodexpressions.net this year. My wife set up and started using Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to help promote my wood products.
One of the highlights of our business has been being featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, they were looking for a handmade cake stand and found ours listed online. Of course we were thrilled to see our ash cake stand in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine! Plus Sarah Engler, an editor with Martha Stewart’s Whole Living site, bought one of our walnut cake stands for her own wedding and featured it in an article about her green wedding! In 2014 our Saplted Maple cake stand was feature in Fine Cooking Oct/Nov Issue and one of our small walnut cake stand was feature in a thanksgiving rustic dinnerware article in Cottages and Bungalow magazine.

I'm a member of AAW( American Association of Wood turners)

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Reginald & Sheila Stanley

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