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Location: Central Illinois
My most recent body of work consists of hollow form vessels. They are turned from native hardwoods that have been saved from landfills or firewood piles. Part of the thrill of working with this medium is discovering the beauty that has been hidden for centuries deep inside a tree. The true character of wood, like people, lies deep within the soul.
I believe in form over function. My vessels stand up proud, as if they have just inhaled new life. They typically have small feet, somehow defying gravity with perfect balance – like a ballet dancer en pointe. Strong and bold, yet dainty and fragile; each piece marries complete opposites into an exercise of controlled passion.
Color is an important aspect of my work. Used as an enhancement, it brings to the fore the stored energy and character of each unique wood grain. I hand rub each vessel in layers, providing incredible depth while the color remains transparent.
My inspiration comes from the universe in which we live. From the finite details often overlooked in nature, to the infinite abstracts of deep space. My vessels strike us all differently, hopefully in some meaningful manner.
BFA Millikin University
Vale Craft Gallery - Chicago IL
Marcia Evans Gallery - Columbus OH
Main Gallery 404 – Bloomington IL
Illinois Artisan Museum - Rend Lake IL
"Maple Medley" Hartford, CT AAW
“Spirit of the Southwest” – Albuquerque, NM Santa Fe, NM & St. Paul, MN
American Association of Woodturners June 2009 – April 2010
Sugar Creek Arts Festival - 1st Place Fine Craft 2009
Summer 2009 American Association of Woodturners -
1st Place Best Hollow Form
Woodcentral.com - Honorable Mention, Elegant Form - Fall 2009
-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.
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Here is the how-to video on hollow form turning: Trifern Hollow Form
Hello everyone! Sorry for the tardiness from your instructor. Life has been busy lately. I have a special treat in store for this class. I have contracted with a professional video photographer to shoot and record the hollowing process. We have sc...
Wood Selection Almost every hollow form I turn is from local hardwoods and is turned green. Why use green wood? Green wood is relatively inexpensive, easy to obtain, and easy to turn. It is nearly impossible to find, or afford, large kiln dr...
Hello, I will be offering an online class here on Lumberjocks. Please sign up in the comments area below. Over the next several weeks I will be showing a step by step process for creating a hollow form vessel on the lathe. You should have some ...