I take notice of the artistry in the imperfections of salvaged wood and seek to enhance the beauty inside each piece. The most interesting pieces are turned end grain and the most dramatic pieces come from logs or branches that have very irregular shapes, far away from round. Some of my favorite turnings are the flying winged vase and a cowboy hat. The flying winged vase is turned down the end grain from a crotch so when turning the piece, it appears to have wings. The wooden cowboy hat starts off as a 200-pound log transformed into a 23-ounce wearable cowboy hat. Besides turning, I also enjoy designing furniture and unique home décor.
My curiosity and love for woodworking began in high school when my shop teacher taught me woodworking techniques. I initially made home décor – lamps, dollhouses, rocking horses as well as furniture, including roll top desks. Having found enjoyment building things, I obtained my degree in Construction Management. Inspired with the many potentials of wood, I was introduced to woodturning. It was rewarding to me to rescue a gnarly piece of wood and unveil an exquisite piece of unique art. Turning for me is stimulating and mentally challenging in analyzing the rescued wood and calculating the best angle to mount the wood on the lathe. I enjoy giving back by sharing my knowledge and experience through demonstrating at wood clubs, art galleries and the Internet through my You Tube channel.