A personal perspective on woodturning: 

Dick Gerard

I have always been fascinated by the diversity of Nature. For all its variety, Nature is a cooperative effort. I’m drawn to cultures and beliefs that reflect Man and Nature in cooperation rather than conflict – Native American, Zen Buddhist, Hawaiian/Polynesian, Australian Aborginal, African and others of similar beliefs. 

Working with wood you either force yourself and your ego into/onto the object, or you become aware of your own strengths and limits as well as those same qualities in your material. The results reflect the chosen path. Sometimes, I’ll have a particular piece of wood in the studio for years before we come to terms with each other. At other times, the process is much more immediate. Either way, one must always be aware of hidden nuances along the way. 

The majority of my designs are simple forms that seek to compliment and accentuate Nature’s inherent beauty through objects that have a strong tactile and aesthetic appeal. I have begun to experiment with added elements (carving, gold wire, semi-precious stones, color, bleaching and texturing, etc.), and airbrushing. 

Dick Gerard - Textured Purple Sphere

This year I have concentrated about 90% of my efforts investigating the making of wooden spheres using different methods, and then decorating those spheres to create new and unique art from turned wooden spheres.

Spheres

Dick Gerard - Spheres

Learn to turn a wooden sphere/ball without the use of commercial jigs.

The method(s) shown will enable the user to quickly and easily make a sphere suitable for display as is, and time permitting, I will show you some decorating techniques.

Dick Gerard - Sphere

Intro to Green/Wet Wood Bowl Making

Learn to turn a bowl from freshly cut wood; the advantages of using wet wood; the disadvantages of using wet wood; safe mounting techniques, and much more!

Production Turning

What is production turning? How to set up your work and tools to be as efficient as possible. Analyzing the process of making the object and pitfalls to look out for. The mind set you must develop for production work.