My paternal genealogy literally translates to “a woodsman who cuts”, which fits me well. I have always enjoyed time in the forest and making things from wood. I followed that passion through college, earning B.A. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Arts and Sciences at UNI and CSU. That path led to nearly thirty years of teaching until retiring in 2014. Since 1993, I have focused on artistic woodturning, and have kept busy after retirement teaching woodturning throughout the U.S., at Symposia and club demos and workshops. My work has been featured in U.K. Woodturning and American Woodturner magazines, and my turnings are in private collections across the country.
In this demonstration, I will show the audience all of the steps involved in turning a small basket illusion bowl. This will include selection of the wood, initial mounting of it on the lathe, turning and beading the exterior of the bowl, reversing the bowl into the chuck and turning and beading the interior of the bowl. I will then proceed to use my index system to draw the radial divisions onto the bowl, followed by burning these lines in, and finally laying out the pattern and coloring the bowl.
In this demonstration I will be turning a small block of wood into a hollowform. This piece will only be around 2.5” x 2.5” so that it can be turned using small tools, and in a short period of time. If there is interest I will also show the audience how to put a beaded band around it, to turn it into a hanging Holiday Ornament.