The first time I used a lathe was in 1977. We were newlyweds with no furniture, so my father-in-law and I went to a lumber salvage place, bought some ancient pine boards from a barn and together we made a coffee table and a kitchen table top. He taught me to turn the base which created the foundation for our kitchen table. After turning the table base, I attempted candlesticks and even the mounting stalks for the turn signals for my motorcycle.
After our children were born and then came school and social events to enjoy with them, I didn’t turn for decades. When my father-in-law could no longer turn, he gave his lathe to me and it sat in my workshop gathering dust. One winter day when it was snowing and I needed a stress outlet, I cleaned off the lathe, sharpened the chisels and made sawdust -and I was caught in the vortex called wood turning. I had a lot of failures and several pieces helped warm us in the winter (the woodstove is a great way to get rid of really ugly or failed turnings).
This web site isn’t set up for online sales yet, but samples of my work are in the photo gallery. If you see something you like, please contact me and if it’s not available, I might have something similar or can create a one-of-a-kind piece for you.
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