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I'm fascinated by beautiful and unusual woods, especially burls, spalted woods and exotics. And I like to make beautiful and unique things.

20 some odd years ago I began collecting exotic wood and dabbling in woodturning.  This took second chair to earning a living until I retired in1999.  Then I moved to the northwest and bought a ShopSmith and starting turning in earnest. Big stuff mostly.  I don't like working with green wood so I concentrated on dry maple and mesquite and kept on collecting wood.

Then a club member introduced me to miniatures and I got a small Jet lathe and discovered that you could make beautiful things out of small pieces of wood as well as large.  Here was a way I could get full measure of the beauty of many of the small pieces I had collected over the years.  Turning smaller pieces also allowed me to experiment . . . with different forms, methods of segmenting, unusual edges, etc.

Now, some 1400+ pieces later, I'm still collecting wood and experimenting with different forms and techniques and enjoying turning more and moreā€¦

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African Mahogany multi-axis vase, 1.7" dia. x 6 1/4" high.

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Miniature Betel Nut and Ebony vase, 25/32" dia x 3/4" high.

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Birch. These 3 bowls were made from a single 5 x 5 x 2 3/8 block of Birch identical to the one shown. It was first cut into 3 slabs and then each slab cut into rings and then the rings assembled and turned to make the various bowls.

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Black Locust bowls turned (cored) from a single blank. The largest bowl is 12" dia x 6" tall.

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Multi-axis "sculpture" in African Blackwood inspired by Ted De Grazia's "Navajo Bride" - 1 5/8" dia x 2 5/8" high. The top is dished because these pieces are also meant to function as marble display pedestals.

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Cocobolo, Ebony and African Blackwood "Bolo Tie" ornament, 7 1/2" long.

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Kingwood box, 1 5/8" dia x 2 1/4" high.

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Miniature: Hawaiian Koa, 1 1/4" dia x 1 3/4" high.

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Philippine Mahogany tri-corner goblet, 2 1/2" dia x 6 5/8" high.

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2 1/4" dia Manzanita Burl sphere inlaId with Turquoise on a partially turned Manzanita root 5 1/2" long, also inlaid with Turquoise.

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Pink Ivory, Snakewood and Ebony box, 1 3/4" dia x 4 1/16" high.

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Miniature: Sea Grape bud vase with Poplar insert, 1 1/4" dia x 3/8" thick.