swirls and burls




furniture repair

I have started repairing unique items of furniture as well as clocks, and other decorative items.  If you have a nice piece that is broken, chewed, warped, or just old and battered, contact me and request an estimate.  Here are some examples...

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This is a collection of artwork with stone inlay that can fall into other categories as well.  Among the stones and minerals I use are malachite, mica, biotite, aragonite, lepidotite, limonite, spar gypsum, calcite, sodalite, marble, and flourite.

 
burls

Burls are a tree's natural reaction to a problem, whether it be disease, insects, or injury. The response in some trees is to produce a growth of tight, knotted grain structures that are stunning to behold. I work mostly in Australian Burls, which are some of the world's most beautiful and expensive to acquire.

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Bowls are open shapes, with the largest diameter defining the opening. I turn a natural edge bowl by leaving the outer bark intact. These pieces are challenging to turn, because the cut is interrupted as the bowl rotates. Sanding the interior can rap knuckles! The bark is fragile, so the wall thickness is heavier than a smooth edge bowl. Treat gently! 

 
fine writing instruments

. . . writing with a fine, handmade wood pen is like nothing else. It is warm and comfortable. The exotic woodgrain invites you to look into its depths. The silky smooth finish is richness itself!  (All pens with inventory numbers are one-of-kind and subject to prior sale, but you can always contact the artist to order similar instruments in the same wood, color, and finish)


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Vessels are defined by the generally small opening that is smaller in diameter than the greatest diameter of the piece. Most vessels have a cover, lid, or finial. These are quite challenging to create, since the walls are thin, and the turner (me) cannot see the cut in progress! Vases are usually taller, making the internal cuts deeper and even more prone to chatter. Beautiful, though!

 
gavels, votives, more ...

This portfolio is for the hard-to-classify items that are perfect for that special gift (even for yourself). Pamper your home, office, or both!  (Available on a comission basis for special gifts)
 

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This artwork displays wonderfully on a mantle, wall, a fine collectibles nook or that special place that just needs some added beauty and elegance. 

 
smooth edge bowls

These bowls are just what you would expect, in that the topmost edge is turned for a more refined look. Some bowls incorporate a lid, occasionally in a contrasting wood. I usually add a finial to the lid, and it is almost always a different wood. I typically polish smooth edge bowls, buffing with carnauba wax as the final finish, adding depth and luster to the piece.

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shots of me and my shop, plus a few odds and ends.