I’ve been a hobbyist woodturner for over 30 years. I enjoy making things both functional and beautiful. Every time I step in the shop, I am striving to not only create something good, but also to advance my skills and abilities.

It’s all about the wood for me. I like creating in harmony with Mother Nature. She’s supplied so much more than just a material to work with. Wood is art. My challenge is to embellish that art, using the lathe and other tools, to enhance the beauty already there. Sometimes, I also get to collaborate with insects or maybe a fungus, and we layer on top of each other’s work.

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Kuksa – A Camper’s Coffee Cup

A Kuksa (or Guksi) is a Scandinavian drinking cup for outdoorsmen, traditionally carved from birch burl by its owner. In this demo, I will show you my woodturners version of a Kuksa: a multi-axis turned cup. Time permitting, we will turn a small button for a lanyard so you can hang the cup from your belt or pack.

Sliced Hollow Form

In this demonstration, I will go through the steps I take to create my “Sliced Hollow Forms”. These are forms which have been turned, then sliced on the bandsaw, and then reassembled with pewa (butterfly patches).