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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.

Education:
BFA Millikin University

Galleries:
Vale Craft Gallery - Chicago IL
Marcia Evans Gallery - Columbus OH
Main Gallery 404 – Bloomington IL
Illinois Artisan Museum - Rend Lake IL

Exhibitions:
"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

Awards:
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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Les Hastings

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#1 posted 2350 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s vary glad you choose to join us, come on in take your shoe’s off and sit a while.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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rikkor

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#2 posted 2350 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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gene

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#3 posted 2350 days ago

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Come on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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bryano

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#4 posted 2350 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks Les. Great table you posted. It looks like it weighs a ton.

-- bryano

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 2350 days ago

Welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be an enlightening and educational element of your woodworking journey.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Karson

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#6 posted 2350 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Max

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#7 posted 2350 days ago

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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cajunpen

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#8 posted 2350 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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ND2ELK

13495 posts in 2357 days


#9 posted 2284 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Paul D

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#10 posted 2283 days ago

Welcome to LJs !! Glad you have joined us !!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Boxmaker

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#11 posted 2281 days ago

Thanks for the post but all that came up when I hit “here” is a blank screen. Maybe that just says head to the drawing board and start from a “blank” sheet of paper.

Art

-- "Hands to work & Hearts to God"

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jeanmarc

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#12 posted 2275 days ago

thank you D being to pass on my page. your work is very interesting J hopes to be able to propose D different project has soon

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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mzmac

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#13 posted 2250 days ago

Is there any Lathe in the $500 range that you would recommend?

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bradyvan

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#14 posted 2231 days ago

Thanks for the welcome!

-- -Brady

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treeleafidentification

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#15 posted 2210 days ago

Thanks for the welcome, much appreciated

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