I’ve always loved working with wood. In fact, carpentry is in my genes, since both my father and grandfather were homebuilders. I began by crafting picture frames, small end tables, and one massive conference room table. Later, I made humidors, baby cradles, and custom shelving units.
Five years ago, I began to pursue my lifelong interest: wood turning on a lathe. I was fortunate to have trained extensively with local master turner Robert Van Meter, as well as through coursework at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, and with world-renowned turner Jimmy Clewes in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Now, I’m designing and turning platters, natural-edged bowls, salad bowl sets, and traditional bowls made from cherry, walnut, spalted maple, and other hardwoods. I also like turning unusual woods, like the vases I make from Australian banksia pods.
More recently, I’ve begun experimenting with embellishing my wood turnings with colored dyes and paints, carved designs, and wood burnings. I am also exploring combining wood with glass.