McIvorWoodworks

One-of-a-kind Art From the Lathe

Twisp, Washington · 42 Sales

McIvorWoodworks

One-of-a-kind Art From the Lathe

Twisp, Washington 42 Sales On Etsy since 2013

4 out of 5 stars
(18)

Announcement   Please note I will not be shipping between March 20 - 29! Plan your purchases accordingly.

Announcement

Please note I will not be shipping between March 20 - 29! Plan your purchases accordingly.

Don McIvor

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Don McIvor

Reviews

Average item review
4 out of 5 stars
(18)
tldust

tldust on Aug 29, 2017

4 out of 5 stars

Beautiful piece! Only complaint is that the bristles smell like moth balls.

Roger Kernicky

Roger Kernicky on Jun 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The Purple Heart Shaving Bowl and Brush arrived as described quickly and was well packaged? A nice surprise for my Dad on Father's Day! A nice piece of turned wood by a very talented wood turner! Thank you Don.....

Paula Maloney

Paula Maloney on Feb 19, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This was a lovely gift for a friend and he loves it.

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About

Everyday is a Journey

I have been working with wood, sometimes professionally and sometimes out of passionate interest, for more than 25 years. I have built furniture, cabinets, and houses, but the cabinetry and furniture interests have been limited by a lack of studio space.

I bought my first lathe in 2004. A lot of professional cabinet shops refuse to buy lathes because they're so darn fun that employees squander too much time on them. I understand that. Now.

Lathes are fun. And addictive. And a great creative outlet.

This work begins and ends with, well, the wood. I try to acquire as much of my wood as I can regionally, which helps keep costs down. I also like to work with wood that is reclaimed, either diverted from the landfill or headed for someone's wood pile.

So I get a lot of wood in the form of trees. These need to be processed fairly quickly, and thus the journey begins with a chainsaw. The chainsaw topples and sections trees, but also splits logs lengthwise as the first step to creating a round blank.

From here the rough blank usually gets further refinement on my bandsaw.

From the bandsaw the next stop is the lathe, where green blanks are roughed out, spraying water and sap everywhere as shavings come off in great long curls.

The rough turned blanks go into my storage shed, where they sit for at least three months before coming back to the lathe for final shaping, sanding, and finishing.

Then it's on to the photo studio, then figuring out where to market each item, pricing, labeling, shipping... .

So much time and patience goes into the growth of a tree.
Depending on the species and the luck of the draw, some individual trees can live for more than a thousand years. During its lifetime a tree provides shelter and food for a lot of lives. I like the idea that turning wood into an object that can be handed down for many more generations honors the long life of the tree that came before the bowl or plate or whatever I create.

The process of starting with a typically unpromising chunk of a tree, which might otherwise land in the wood stove or the land fill, and reducing the form to its essential core delights me every time. The interplay of light and form and grain is always intriguing and the sense of exploration always makes the journey pleasurable.

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  • Don McIvor

    Owner

    Woodworker, writer, photographer, musician, boater, cyclist, backpacker, birder, ecologist, gardener, orchardist, brewer, baker, poet, pragmatic dreamer, builder, stone mason, archeologist, hiker, reader. But not necessarily in that order.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 19, 2013
Welcome to my on-line shop! If you'd like to know more about my work, be sure to also stop by www.mcivorwoodworks.com.

My objective is to create carefully designed and executed pieces that will enhance your daily life and make a statement wherever you choose to use or display them. With proper care, I hope that my work will be an enduring presence for generations to come--this my business' catch phrase "creating family heirlooms."

My goal is to assure that the item you purchase meets your expectations when it arrives at your door. If you have any questions after receiving your purchase, please get in touch with me, whether that question is about design, the material, workmanship, or long-term care and use.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
Items may be returned within 10 days, if they are unused and for some reason have not met your expectations. Under these circumstances I will refund the purchase price, but cannot cover shipping costs.

Please contact me at any time if an item turns out to be defective.
Payment
Taxes are applied to purchases made within Washington state.

Purchases made by personal check will be shipped after the check has cleared both banks--that generally takes about 10 business days.

I can accept credit card purchases over the phone if you have concerns about placing your order on line.
Shipping
Shipping method varies depending on the size of the piece, cost of the service, and security of the service. I generally try to use the most economical method that will get the item to you in a reasonable time frame and in the same condition in which it left here.

If you have a need for a particular shipper or method, let me know prior to purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am always happy to do custom orders. Please contact me to discuss your interest and arrange terms.