Lloyd Moyer's Profile

About

First and foremost, I believe the the beauty in my work is in its use. Nothing pleases me more than the idea that people will be eating out of a bowl of mine in a hundred years. My work is meant to be used, so don't be too gentle!

I was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania just north of Philadelphia. I had the great fortune to attend Quaker school where I first learned social and environmental awareness as well as creative freedom. It was also there that I first found the art of woodturning.

My big brother learned it first and then introduced it to both me and my father in the early 1990’s when I wasa teenager. My brother Sam has since moved on to designing and building his own furniture (check out samuelmoyerfurniture.com), but I have been turning ever since.
There is something so rewarding about taking…

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  • Male
  • Born on December 2
  • Joined March 29, 2009

Favorite materials

Fruit cherry, manzanita, ash, holly

About

First and foremost, I believe the the beauty in my work is in its use. Nothing pleases me more than the idea that people will be eating out of a bowl of mine in a hundred years. My work is meant to be used, so don't be too gentle!

I was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania just north of Philadelphia. I had the great fortune to attend Quaker school where I first learned social and environmental awareness as well as creative freedom. It was also there that I first found the art of woodturning.

My big brother learned it first and then introduced it to both me and my father in the early 1990’s when I wasa teenager. My brother Sam has since moved on to designing and building his own furniture (check out samuelmoyerfurniture.com), but I have been turning ever since.
There is something so rewarding about taking something that has born witness to such history, like a tree, and be able to give it a new future. I feel like I am essentially saving the tree from rotting back into the earth and taking all that history with it. That’s what I love about turning (among other things).

Why I love to turn is a bit different...

I love the interplay between myself and the wood. Sometimes it doesn’t want to do what I want it to, and at those times the piece actually seems to tell me what it is supposed to be. When I am concentrating on that whirling spinning wood there is nothing else. All my worries and trouble fade to grey, and then to nothing at all. I come away from a day of turning feeling tired of body, but refreshed of mind and spirit. It really is a meditation for me. So, in reviving the tree and giving it a new future, I revive myself too.

Each piece has a history and a story to tell. I once had the honor to turn a piece of tulip poplar from Monticello that was planted when Thomas Jefferson lived there! Then on top of that, the bowl was purchased by Harrison Ford!! How’s that for a storied past and an exciting future?!

Thanks so much for reading my bio, and for checking out my shop and profile. I hope you find something you like. Of course if you are looking for something more, I also do custom work and commisioned pieces.
Thanks again!

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