Wood turning has fascinated me ever since I saw an exhibition presented by the American Association of Woodturners a few years ago. The pieces on display were stunning works of art that pushed the creativity of the lathe far beyond the salad bowls and staircase spindles I had associated with woodturning. I followed up this fascination by taking lessons. After acquiring some basic skills I began spending more and more time at the lathe and less and less in what was my “day job” as a television documentary producer and author. Then in 2003, I opted for a new career as a full time wood turner and carver. In many ways, the two careers are not, as they may seem to be, mutually exclusive. I have always been fascinated by images and ideas, essential elements for writing, directing and as I have discovered, for woodturning and wood carving.
As a woodturner I try to combine images with the forms I create on the lathe and then carve into the finished vessel. My goal is to achieve a synthesis between the once living tree and the curves and movement of the carved vessel it has become. The grain and texture of the wood add a warmth and vitality that gives a distinct dimension to the finished piece. I work almost exclusively with local woods. During the turning process grain, color, knots and other features in the wood are revealed, often driving the design of the piece. Thus, a knot or a dark area in the wood becomes an eye, in the swirl of the grain we find the sweep of a wing.... All brought out, emphasized and enhanced by the carving.
With an emphasis on wildlife, I try to capture the essence of nature in the wood I turn and carve. Birds, fish, and animals are all enhaced by the once living wood in which they are carved. I exhibit and sell work at Arts and Crafts shows in the Atlanta area. You can also find my work in the 2 Smith Art Gallery in Duluth, GA, The Applachian Craft Center in High Point, NC and Mountain Nest Gallery in Black Mountain, NC. I also do work on commission. Prices range from $50 to $1000, but most of the pieces are in the $100 to $400 range. My work has won numerous awards including First Place in Wood Carving at the Georgia National Fair.