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Hello, I'm Paul and my goal is to place one of my legacy woodturnings in your personal collection. A second-generation fulltime woodturner since 1990, I work exclusively with hardwoods from my Appalachian Mountain region. The trees I work with have usually died of natural causes, such as wind or disease. Others have been treasured, fully-grown yardtrees that eventually threaten property. This fully-matured wood tends to be the most stressed and beautiful. Homeowners have reluctantly had these removed by an arborist friend, and it's my pleasure to bring new life to such wood.

My woodstudio is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the banks of the upper Swannanoa River in lovely Black Mountain, NC, home to the historic Black Mountain College and focus of craft traditions for generations. I apply principles learned in the furniture design, production and restoration fields toward my…

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  • Male
  • Born on May 9
  • Joined November 5, 2011

Favorite materials

Ambrosia Maple, Spalted Maple, Box Elder, Persimmon, Dogwood, Holly, Black Locust, Cherry Burl, Rhododendron Rootball, Black Walnut

About

Hello, I'm Paul and my goal is to place one of my legacy woodturnings in your personal collection. A second-generation fulltime woodturner since 1990, I work exclusively with hardwoods from my Appalachian Mountain region. The trees I work with have usually died of natural causes, such as wind or disease. Others have been treasured, fully-grown yardtrees that eventually threaten property. This fully-matured wood tends to be the most stressed and beautiful. Homeowners have reluctantly had these removed by an arborist friend, and it's my pleasure to bring new life to such wood.

My woodstudio is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the banks of the upper Swannanoa River in lovely Black Mountain, NC, home to the historic Black Mountain College and focus of craft traditions for generations. I apply principles learned in the furniture design, production and restoration fields toward my woodturning, developing a unique style and finish known in fine galleries and private collections for 22 years.

My work is all finished with multiple coats of satin-rubbed foodsafe lacquer, the most durable and perennially-sealed finish I know. My food bowls may be used for cool or warm (not hot) foods, tossing and serving with smooth-edged, non-marring implements. They may only be handwashed, rinsed and towel-dried promptly thereafter. Vases-forms may hold moist arrangements only when water is contained in a waterproof liner. Otherwise, dried arrangements placed loosely, or anchored with floral foam within., are appropriate.

It's my joy to unleash the hidden beauty in our native hardwoods, using my lathe to open-up and reveal lively-figured patterns so fanciful only Nature could imagine them. The forms I "turn" are guided by suggestions from the wood itself. Frequently, I find myself radically altering my original plan for a piece because of what I'm discovering within.

I'm grateful to live in a region which is blessed with an abundance of beautiful hardwoods, fortunate to have found my place in the progression of craft in these mountains.

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