I have been lucky enough to pursue three passions in my life. My wife and family, flying, and working with wood. I’ve been flying for over 40 years, married for 30, and working with wood for most of my life.
Almost 20 years ago I bought my first lathe to repair a broken chair leg. Since then I have been hooked on the satisfaction of taking a raw piece of discarded wood and molding it into a form that captivates your interest. I have studied with numerous masters in the field and have demonstrated at various venues and woodturning clubs. I belong to the American Association of Woodturners.
I turn a variety of styles and shapes, some functional, but mostly on the artistic side. This keeps the passion alive and exciting for me. The inherent challenge of woodturning is to combine the colors and patterns and even imperfections in the wood, all with the skill of the artist. A wood lathe works three-dimensionally in the round. My goal is to take that limitation and expand the creative possibilities. In other words, to acknowledge gravity but learn to fly.
Like flying and marriage, woodturning is a skill that improves with years of practice, and a realization that you can always take it to another level.