I am a northeast Wisconsin woodturner. Most of the wood I turn is native to this area, much of the wood is urban timber, going to the grinder or fire pile, saving it just adds to the satisfaction of completing a piece.
Woodturning is a process of creation through elimination. I start with a large piece of wood and remove material until the perfect form is achieved. I chase the perfect cuve, to ease or soften untill just right. I try to read the wood to know when the best figure is showing on the surface, go to far and the figure is gone.
I am often inspired by nature to create the shapes in my work. I strive to have a very organic look and feel to my work by incorporating as many of the voids, knots, burl, and bark inclusions as possible. The natural beauty of the wood is an important featured part of the final piece, even the warmth and feel of the wood is an intended feature of my work.
I tend to work in large, sculptural sizes that alone make a statement. The seeming simplicity of the form belies the technical challenges to complete my work. I work to elict an emotional response through the woodturned shape and form.
ARTSTREET, Green Bay, WI. August