TakingTurns

California, United States · 160 Sales

TakingTurns

California, United States 160 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(78)
Craig Stevens

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5 out of 5 stars
(78)
Smb04

Smb04 on May 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and arrived quickly! Thank you!

Smb04

Smb04 on May 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and arrived quickly! Thank you!

leeann38

leeann38 on Mar 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love it that I ordered a second one and want to order more for an upcoming tea party

Michelle

Michelle on Mar 25, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love this beautiful scoop! Very well made. Thank you for the fast shipping:)

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A Turn of Events

The most common question posed to an artist is some form of: "Did you make that?" Then follows the complementary comments of: "How?" I laugh at this for every piece is different. The general process may be the same, but each item has its own story just as each person has their own tale.

For me wood-turning began with spinning tops on a Shopsmith lathe. That machine limited my scope of projects to center work. I soon tired of spindle work. Then one day I received a tip that there was a lathe at a local estate sale. I jumped in the truck an was soon a proud owner of a 1960s Rockwell Homecraft 46-111. I began at once to work on my first bowl.

At that point I was focused on making useful utilitarian items only. Leaving bark on the edges was weird. Soon I began to learn about quality tools and the real techniques for using them. I purchased an instructional book by Richard Raffan and was humbled by how much I didn't know about wood-turning. Through his instruction I greatly improved my skill.

A day came where I received several oak burls from a friend who had some trees trimmed . I had no idea what to do with them; but I mounted one up and started turning. Almost before I knew it there was a beautiful bark edged bowl with natural holes and voids among turbulent grain and color. This piece performed and instant change in me. I purchased another book. This one was written by David Ellsworth. I connected very well with his methods and hence have added hollow forms to my portfolio.

Today the artist in me would love to produce hollow forms, natural edged bowls and other turned sculptures. However, home ownership, marriage and two special daughters take most of my time. In this stage of life scoops, hairpins and smaller bowls lend to more convenient turning. They can be put down and picked up later as they are made from dry, stable wood and generally do not take as much time to produce.

When turning I feel that I am simply a messenger sent to find out what is inside each piece of wood. With a little guidance, the wood decides what it wants to be.
Psalm 139

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