After this fall’s successful Studio Tour my stock is much depleted, and will regretfully remain so until May as I return to strength following knee surgery.
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.
Here is a cherry bowl full of small globes and vases going down to be photographed.