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.

* * *

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

Bol Rouge

Bol Rouge 
(translates as Red Bowl)

Silver Maple
turned green and allowed to dry naturally

Wrinkle carved exterior

Stippled rim

Chalk paint finish

Measures 12.5" at widest by 5.5" deep

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Late Breaking News

Julie took one of my unfinished 
thin-wall box elder vessels
and turned it into this!

Late Breaking News has a chalk paint interior
and measures 5" across by 5" tall.

She found the newspaper yarn here.

Wonky Pod

Holly hollow form turned green and allowed to distort

Milk paint with wax finish

6-1/2" tall x 7" diameter


Timeworn 1 - Before and After

Timeworn I -- After



Silver maple turned green and allowed to distort

11-1/2" x 3"


Friday, July 5, 2013

Latest Project

These were inspired by a catalog photo.
My versions were enhanced with woodturning designs.

Milk paint finish.

I added a rare earth magnet to each bottle opener.
Quick change feature allows for
showcasing of bottle cap art.
* * *
Two carriers have been shared as "host" gifts.
They were well received.

Friday, June 28, 2013


13.75" H and 6.75" Dia.
The features are spiral pyrography

with a black milk paint finish.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Weed Pot

Michigan Choke Cherry
Turned green and allowed to shape naturally.

7" Tall x 4" Diameter

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Introducing: Timeworn 1 and 2

Timeworn 1

Silver Maple turned green
Natural distortion 
Distressed painted finish

Timeworn 2
Timeworn 1 - Shallow fruit/vegetable bowl
11-1/2" diameter by 3" deep
Timeworn 2 - Utility bowl
8" diameter x 4" deep

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Fluted Cherry Bowl

Fluted Cherry Bowl

Gifted to our daughter-in-law

Perfect for salads, popcorn, pretzels/chips  . . .

Approximately 5" tall with 14" diameter

Hand-rubbed Walnut Oil finish

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pecan Bowl - New Life for Old Wood

In the late 1950s near Pittsburgh,
woodworker Sam Turner 
made a weighty solid-pecan bench.

Over time, the bench moved from 
my grandparents' house to my mother's house.

When she moved from PA to TN, 
the bench came with her.

When she no longer needed the bench,
it came to live at our house.

We have tried  
over, and over, 
and over again
to find 
"just the right spot"
for the bench.

That spot has never been found.

However, the wood in the bench lives on.

This pecan bowl measures 11.25" across by 2.75" deep.

The wide rim measures 1.75"

55 years later, the bench lives on.

Sam T. would be pleased.