Friday, May 27, 2016

Published in American Woodturner

My Multiaxis Tablet Stand article has been published
in the June 2016 issue of American Woodturner.

(Vol. 31, no. 3 - Journal of the American Association of Woodturners)

And what an honor to have it published
in the issue celebrating AAW's 30th anniversary.

This is Julie's iPad resting against the top level of her prop stand.

This photo shows her iPad resting on one of the lower levels.

(overhead lighting can cause glare -
 the multiaxis design allows for different screen angles)

These tablet stands were finished using 
Annie Sloan chalk paint and clear wax.

Thank you AAW for sharing my article with your readers.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Seven More Baseballs

Four more maple baseballs nested in a persimmon bowl.

(the other three have already been gifted)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Into the Void


Into the Void

Measures 10.5" wide x 7.75" tall

Circular opening approximately 4" in diameter

Reverse side

Oak with torched finish

(wood from one of our trees)


These are three of my maple baseballs.

(Yes, they are almost exactly regulation size)

A fourth baseball was shared during the MSWG's 
annual Christmas/Holiday gift swap
and another one has gone home with our son.

New Bowls

I recently finished making several of these bowls.

Two have already been gifted.

Big Leaf Mahogany

8.5" diameter x 2" depth

Friday, June 19, 2015


Box elder hollow form with frayed wire finial

Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue chalk paint with dark wax finish

Diameter of hollow form at largest point is 10.5"

Overall height with finial is 19.5"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Torched II - Essence

Turned from mystery wood

6" diameter

2.5" depth

Lit on fire with a torch

Sealed with Annie Sloan Dark Wax

Detail of grain and edges

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Torched I

Torched I

Turned from an cypress log 
that was given to me 
by Dennis Paullus

8.5" diameter

2.5" depth

The bowl was set on fire using a torch then waxed
using Annie Sloan's Dark Wax

Detail of rim and interior

Saturday, June 13, 2015

We'll Get Together Then

Kinetic form turned from maple

Finish includes pyrography, chalk paint, and wax

12.5" outside diameter

+/- 10" inside diameter

2" thick 

The name for this piece comes from
the lyrics of a much-loved Harry Chapin song,

Yes, the piece rolls/rocks when nudged.

Yes, the strings vibrate whenever the piece is moved.

Yes, the piece becomes interactive when the ebony pieces
at the ends of the strings are touched.

Detail photo of pyrography designs.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Three-Legged Stool

12" diameter x 12" tall 

Made at John C. Campbell Folk School
May 3-9, 2015
Instructor - Kimbery Winkle

Poplar with milk paint finish

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Recent Bowl Finish

Large natural edge ash bowl

17" long x 15" wide x 6" deep

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Latest Platter


Traditional Man in Maze design

1/8th inch beading



10" diameter

Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bottle Stoppers

Maple burl

Buckeye Burl (center)

Quilter's Special (far right)

Top view

Navajo Wedding Platter

photo will supersize if double-clicked

Cedar basket illusion platter

15" diameter

Reverse side bears same pattern

Here is some background on the tradition:

The basket is viewed as a map, through which the Navajo people chart their lives. 

The central spot in the basket represents the sipapu, 
where the Navajo people emerged from the prior world through a reed. 

As the people emerged, all was white. 

The inner coils of the basket are white to represent this lightness, or birth. 

As you travel outward on the coils you begin to encounter more and more black. 

The black represents darkness, struggle and pain; the darker side of life. 

As you make your way through the darkness you eventually reach 
the red bands, which represent marriage; the mixing of your blood 
with your spouse and the creation of family. 

The red is pure. During this time there is no darkness. 

Traveling out of the familial bands you encounter more darkness, 
however, the darkness is interspersed with white light. 

The light represents increasing enlightenment, 
which expands until you enter the all white banding of the outer rim. 

This banding represents the spirit world, where there is no darkness. 

The line from the center of the basket to the outer rim is there 
to remind you that no matter how much darkness you encounter in your world, 
there is always a pathway to the light. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Big Blue

Footed maple bowl.

13.5" diameter x 5.5" depth

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, crackle, and hand-rubbed clear wax finish

Exterior in Old Ochre and Aubusson Blue

Interior in Graphite

Simply gorgeous!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sisters in Motion

Short video showing the pair of mahogany bowls in motion.

See previous post for specifics on the two bowls.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


This pair of mahogany basket illusion bowls
was inspired by two circa 1890 Apache baskets.

Traditional motifs include 
stepped diamonds and whirling lines.

The colors are also based in Apache tradition -
dark browns paired with deep reds.
(Apache reds came from yucca roots)

Each bowl measures 11" diameter x 4" deep.

(Photos will supersize if double clicked)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Feathers for Millie

Front view

11.5" diameter basket illusion platter

unknown wood - turned dry

Pima Indian inspired design

Back view

Why Feathers for Millie?

My wife's friend Lynne has a tuxedo cat named Millie.

Lynne adopted Millie after the formerly feral kitten was hit by a car
and rescued by the kindness of a diverse group of cat bloggers.

(this link takes you to a perfect example)

Birds have feathers . . . 

1/8th inch beading

(Photos will supersize if double clicked)

Second Chance

Natural edge ash - turned green

Chalk paint finish

Lacing done using artificial sinew

Why the name Second Chance?

Just after I finished turning the bowl, 
I dropped it and it broke.

Rather than throw away the pieces,
I took advantage of the unexpected design opportunity.

Measures 15" wide (end to end) by 13" wide (across).

4.75" deep