IntotheWoodswithBob

Bob Collett's Artisan Wood

Fort Worth, Texas · 19 Sales

IntotheWoodswithBob

Bob Collett's Artisan Wood

Fort Worth, Texas 19 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   Our Etsy shop is now open! I'm excited to offer m fine artisan wood to the Etsy community! Feel free to email me if you have any questions about my work, or if you would like something to be special ordered!

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Our Etsy shop is now open! I'm excited to offer m fine artisan wood to the Etsy community! Feel free to email me if you have any questions about my work, or if you would like something to be special ordered!

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Bob Collett, Artisan Woodturner

I’ve long been interested in wood and the wonderful objects that can be made from wood. My father showed me that it was possible to make things not necessarily perfect in dimension, but perfect in form. That form, to me, is dictated by the piece of wood that I have at the time, it’s grain structure, color and unique shape.

As a Woodturner, I like to emphasize the exquisite qualities of wood – the beauty of grain, color, figure or burl patterns. It’s really a powerful influence on the public’s perception of the beauty of all wood… Some pieces yield unbelievable interior structure, sort of like opening a rock geode and finding outstanding beauty on the inside.

Most of what I create comes from “found” wood, salvaged wood, sometimes called “curb wood”. There is an amazing amount of wood (trees) for the taking, particularly just after a storm, or trees that have just given up and fallen to the ground. Not all is suitable for turning, but with a sharp eye as to what may be on the inside, I can select wood that likely will yield beautiful pieces. Some of the pieces are functional as to use, such as cutting boards, salad bowls, containers for foliage (dried and wet), and just plain beautiful pieces of art!

Wood will warp or distort according to its grain pattern, placement within the tree and other factors such as moisture content and humidity levels. It’s fascinating to take a chunk of wood, turn it down, and discover the beauty hidden below the surface. Each cut reveals a part of the mystery awaiting as the wood spins and the shavings fly. Turning a log or block of wood into a work of art is a very satisfying experience!

I shape the given piece, but the rest is truly “Forest Architecture”, as described by David Ellsworth, one of the foremost turners in the world.

The pieces I craft are both large and small. In addition to large bowls, platters, vases, I also include spinning tops, key rings, finger ring holders, oil (confetti) lamps, Christmas ornaments, Jewelry boxes, all from beautifully grained wood.

If a piece you select is not available or you have seen a particular piece that in no longer listed, just contact me and I will be delighted to craft a similar piece for you.

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    As a Woodturner, I like to emphasize the exquisite qualities of wood – the beauty of grain, color, figure or burl patterns. Some pieces yield unbelievable interior structure, like opening a rock geode and finding outstanding beauty.

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Last updated on November 19, 2014
I’ve long been interested in wood and the wonderful objects that can be made from wood. My father showed me that it was possible to make things not necessarily perfect in dimension, but perfect in form. That form, to me is dictated by the piece of wood that I have at the time, it’s grain structure, color and unique shape.

Most of what I create comes from “found” wood, salvaged wood, sometimes called “curb wood”. There is an amazing amount of wood (trees) for the taking, particularly just after a storm, or trees that have just given up and fallen to the ground. Not all is suitable for turning, but with sharp eye as to what may be on the inside, I can select those that likely will yield beautiful pieces. Some of the pieces are functional as to use, such as cutting boards, salad bowls, containers for foliage (dried and wet), and just plain beautiful pieces of art.

Wood will warp or distort according to its grain pattern, placement within the tree and other factors such as moisture content and humidity levels. It’s fascinating to take a chunk of wood, turn it down, and discover the beauty hidden below the surface. Each cut reveals a part of the mystery awaiting as the wood spins and shavings fly!

Turning a log or block of wood into a work of art is a very satisfying experience

When I started turning, I tried it out on the “Shop Smith” the family had given Dad many years ago. It was a wonderful tool, but did take a while to go from one function to another, i.e., from a drill press mode to a turning lathe mode. I did some really wonderful stuff with this lathe, and not so wonderful.. On Dad’s death, I kept on working with the “Shop Smith” until I could stand it no longer, at which time I bought a wonderful dedicated lathe.


There are exotic woods in all parts of the world, even here in Texas and the southwest.

I acquire wood that has been felled by tree companies, land owners, developers and road builders, but never from healthy trees not in need of removal.

I enjoy working with small and large pieces, unusual; and exotic woods, all depending on the characteristics of the wood.

As a woodturner, I like to emphasize the exquisite qualities of wood - the beauty of grain, color, figure or burl patterns. It’s really a powerful influence on the public’s perception of the beauty of all wood..Some pieces yield unbelievable interior structure, sort of like opening a rock geode and finding outstanding beauty on the inside.

The larger percentage of my work is clear finished to show the natural beauty of the wood. Only a small amount is colored artificially.

I shape the given piece, but the rest is truly “Forest Architecture” , as described by David Ellsworth, one of the foremost turners in the world.

Are you looking for a unique gift idea? ..a gift for a special occasion? Whether it’s for Christmas, an anniversary, birthday or any other special occasion gift, a beautifully hand crafted piece from “Into the Woods With Bob”, will make gift giving extra special.

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