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

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Big Ash Bowl

Bowl measures 16" across by 6" deep

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I Went. I Saw. I Learned.

My wife made me go to 
because her quilt was juried in as a semi-finalist.

I went with an open mind.

These are my take-aways:

Many of the quilting designs could easily translate onto wood
(thinks angles, lines, leaves, shapes, layers, etc.)

(Hint- add a rubberized coating on the magnets)

Frixion Pens to draw on wood
(markings remove with heat)

Products like Pounce and stencils
for embellishing wood turnings

An amazing array of display options
(some of which could be adapted
for hanging Christmas ornaments)

Fiber Reactive Dyes that also work on wood

The concept of thread painting
as an embellishment technique

(amazing prescription magnifiers)

(white and dark options)

Using the concept of paper piecing 
to design and execute intricate patterns in wood

(also check out scrapbooking storage ideas)

The number of similarities 
between segmented woodturning
and pieced designs in quilts

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Bottom line?

If you have a chance to go to a quilt show, 
go with an open mind.

You'll be surprised at the things you'll see and learn.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Memphis Empty Bowls Project 2014

In addition to the 9" black crackle bowl in the previous post,
these six bowls are being donated to
the 2014 Memphis Empty Bowls Project

Click here for more information.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Recent Work

Three newly finished bowls.

(photos should supersize when double-clicked)



Measures 15.5" across x 7" high

Detail of rim and milk paint crackle finish.

Smaller bowl on left (maple) measures 8.5" x 3.5"

Smaller bowl on right (mimosa) measures 9" x 3"
(will be donated to the Memphis Empty Bowls Project)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's About Time

 11" diameter x 2" high
 Wood - White Limba

 Inspired by Pima Native American Indian baskets 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


(completed Thanksgiving weekend 2013)

13" tall including finial
7.5" diameter

Maple hollow form

Chalk Paint finish

Copper wire finial

Square Dance

Maple bowl with square spirals pyrography

Chalk Paint finish

8" diameter x 3" tall

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Basket Illusion Platter


11" diameter x 2" high
Wood - White Limba
Inspired by Pima Native American Indian baskets 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Reclaimed - the bowl

Start with a thin wall maple bowl
turned green and allowed to dry naturally.

13" diameter x 5-1/2" deep

Julie added the silk yarn wrapping.

She used nearly two skeins.

Yarn source - Darn Good Yarn

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Healing Bowl

Fluted Maple Bowl

7-1/2" diameter

4" deep


I turned this Ambrosia Maple hollow form
at the John C. Campbell Folk School
in April, 2011.

Last week, Julie painted it.

Wenge and copper finial.

Patience stands 10" tall.

Diameter 5-1/2"


Saturday, October 12, 2013


My Michigan Chokecherry Burl mobile 
contains seven levels 
and measures approx. 24" tall 
with a span of approx. 48."  

Completed October 2013.

Link to YouTube video of Mesmerizing

Sunday, September 1, 2013


Thin-wall Box Elder
Pierced and painted
4" tall
4" diameter at top
1.25" at base
Detail photo

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Recent Bottlestoppers

Stainless steel stopper with Wenge "finial"
(turned, burned, painted, waxed)

Measures 5" tall.

This piece earned a red ribbon at the 2013 Delta Fair.

Stainless steel stopper made with African Blackwood
and one of my signature "frayed finials."

Measures 9" wide by 9" tall.

This piece earned a white ribbon at the 2013 Delta Fair.

An Interactive Bottle Stopper

Inspired by Paramount's 1979 movie - Star Trek, The Motion Picture

Stainless steel stopper with ebony
and assorted findings.

most folks don't seem to "get" this interactive
bottle stopper.

In the movie, VGER  
(short for Voyager 6)
gathered intelligence and matter during its voyage through the universe,
much as this bottle stopper has gathered unrelated bits and pieces.

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Stoppers created as part of a challenge for members of the

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Red Skies at Night

Red Skies at Night

Pair of Sweet Gum hollow vessels 

Chalk Paint finish

Larger vessel measures 10" tall by 6" at widest

Smaller vessel measures 9" tall x 5.5" at widest