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Wedge Rim Bowl - australian pine, black walnut and hard maple - 6 1/2" x 7"
The walnut rim was glued to the australian pine base prior to hollowing. As the pine dried and warped the walnut split.
The maple wedges were hand carved to fill the gaps.
Wedge Rim Bowl - (alternate view)
Redneck Vessel - australian pine, mahogany and padauk - 8" x 12 3/4"
The neck piece was carved to accomidate the warping of the pine, then colored with acrylic paint and glued in place.
Worm Food Bowl - spalted maple - 3" x 7 1/4"
Much of the heartwood portion of this piece was rotted away so I replaced it with epoxy and mica powder.
Compote - rosewood and black walnut - 9 1/2" x 11 1/2"
One of the first pieces I turned. This piece consists of 5 separate pieces turned separately. The rim is segmented.
Natural Perforated Bowl - rosewood - 5" x 16"
This was a commission piece turned from a rosewood crotch. After turning, the lathe was used to hold the piece for sanding by hand.
Norfolk Island Pine Vessels - a collection of shapes tuned using the inline hollowing method.
Primitive Series #1 - jacaranda - 9" x 16 1/4"
Stained and dyed.
Biography:   My introduction to woodturning was 20 years ago on a homemade lathe in a very poorly lit leaky barn in the rain forest of the Oregon Coast. I turned 2 or 3 fairly pathetic looking walnut bowls - one of which I still have and use to hold change. That opportunity didn't last long but it was enough to keep the seed planted that someday I would come back to it. Now I've been turning rather sporadically for 2 !/2 years and have made up lost time and experience by taking a couple of 2 day workshops with Stuart Batty. It definitely helped shorten the learning curve. I've been a member of the Gold Coast Woodchucks (as my wife calls us) for nearly 2 years.

As a former organ builder (as in pipe organs) I'm no stranger to woodworking but being a newcomer to South Florida, it's taken me a while to learn the vast resources of exotic woods we have here and to realize we live in a woodturners paradise. I've only played with a few of the different species but so far my favorite is the Australian Pine which I'm learning is pretty much considered a trash wood by everyone else. I agree it does demand a bit more sharpening of the tools and the wood warps and checks even before I can get it completely hollowed but I love the color, grain patterns and spalting.

My other interests lie in photography and the arts. I hope to be doing some collaborative pieces with a ceramicist in the future.        9/19/2005



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