Anthony currently resides in Kansas, and has lived in Colorado and Japan. He started turning in 1969 on a homemade lathe.
He is a professional wood turner and has been teaching and demonstrating for twenty years – first locally and then around the country.
Anthony is an eclectic turner and, among other places, has work shown or showing in the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, The National Museum of Toys / Miniatures, and The National Craft Gallery in Ireland.
He hand-chases threads in woods, hard and soft, brass, stone, ivory, horn, bone, seeds, sweet potatoes, banksia pods, plastics, etc.
Everyone has heard it: ride the bevel! But what does that really mean? We will show the five cuts of spindle turning. How they work. What the gouge and bevel has to do to make them. The function of the turner’s hands – not right and left, but front and back. Incidentally we will make a goblet – which means some end-grain hollowing – captive rings, and a surprise at the end.
We will talk about all of it. What kind of shape and pitch of chasers to buy, and why. What needs to happen to the chasers to make them work. What auxiliary tools you will need. What materials are easiest to work with, and the range of materials you can expect to grow into. We will show a regimen for early practice. Why you might cut one half of the thread pair first – or not. And then, we will make a box.
Bill Jones used to make Staunten – style chess sets. His pieces were usually built of four or five parts joined by threads. We will make an oversize pawn out of four pieces. The highlights are on how to build up a multi-part object on the lathe. Process and work-order will be at the theme of the rotation.