For many years I have been an IT Professional and a wood hobbyist. I love working with my hands and with tools of all sorts to make and fix things. I have always enjoyed making things out of wood, including book cases, coffee tables, picture frames, chairs, etc. My software designer job requires creativity, but I was looking for a different creative outlet.
As a wood turner, I am somewhat of a new comer. Most of the people I know who are involved in this fascinating activity have been doing it for many years, sometimes decades. However, in my “short” career I have grown my skills and knowledge substantially. I have several juried awards to my credit so far, including a ‘Best in Show’ at the 2012 Arts Clayton Juried Art Show and a “Best in Show” at the 2014 Marietta Art Walk.
Like many things in life, wood turning is easy to get started, but it takes a lifetime to master. One of the reasons I love woodturning is the infinite variety of pieces that are possible and the challenge of maximizing the artistic potential of a given piece of wood or log. I am now exploring color and complementary materials (glass, metal, minerals, etc.) in my art, which will greatly expand the breadth of my work.
When I am not working or in the shop, I love to travel, exercise, and especially spend time with my family, when we are all in the same place. I would love to buy a sail boat and learn to sail, but before taking off I would have to find a place for the lathe.