After a six month break I am finally back into turning and it feels so good. I am slowly building up my stock which will be reflected on my website as the weeks go by. Because this I regret to say I won’t be a part of the Artisan’s Studio Tour this fall. Please keep coming out and enjoying all the other studios exhibiting November 9-10.

I will have one exhibit running October 19 – January 14 at the Gay Street Gallery in Little Washington, VA. Do stop in to see it if you can.

Turning bowls straight from the log is my craft and my art. Working with green wood allows much spontaneity, as shavings flying from the sharp edge of the gouge reveal each new bowl. The inherent beauty is featured by simple shapes. These thin arcs from the log, sanded, polished, and oiled, capture the character and history of each tree, its soul.

Maple, cherry, walnut, oak, ash, apple, peach, poplar … there is so much variety growing in our area. Peculiar details such as grain, color, texture, knots, burls, ant holes, or spalting often determine the final shape. Those traits are my palette and my glazes.  Many pieces are meant to serve as functional salad bowls, while others are created simply for their artistic presence.

This is an apple grown by a friend up on Afton Mountain, from a grafted seedling he got from his father-in-law Nick Miller from Ohio. The mounted block weighed 224# , finished piece still a bit heavy at 7#. Four butterflies hold it together due to the crack running all the way across the bottom.

Many thanks to all who came out and made the 2023 Artisans Studio Tour such a success. We artisans appreciate and depend on your support so much.

The Artisans Studio Tour