Dirk

It all started in 1942 in Holland where I was born, arriving as the 4th of 8 children, My family immigrated and landed in Canada July 2nd 1952. In 1969 I married my wife Wilma who has put up with me now for over 43 years. We had 4 Children. Our second oldest went home to live with our Lord in 1990 at the age of 19. Our 3 other children are spread out from Western to Eastern Canada. We are the proud grandparents of 2 boys and 2 girls. Over the course of my adult life I have been a welder, pipe fitter, trucker, real estate agent and now cash for life recipient from the Federal Government.

It was in 2003 I think that I got my first Lathe, an old Sears unit with the round ways and #1 Morse Taper along with a set of Sorby chisels. It was a frustrating experience. The chisels were not real sharp and I was not in touch with any other turner.

In the fall of 2005 after a 45 year absence I returned to school and took a basic wood working night course. One of the topics covered during the course was sharpening wood plane blades and chisels along with a lesson on turning a spindle. This part of the course really opened up a whole new area of interest for me and I really got interested in my present passion of turning bowls, platters, hollow forms, Christmas tree ornaments and anything else that I can find information on.

After retiring from my profession of 33 years my wife and I moved to Meaford, Ontario in the summer of 2007 I could then focus more of my time and attention to the joys of wood turning. Since my initial lesson on spindle turning I taught myself the ins and outs of bowl turning as well as different methods of holding the pieces to be turned. In my pieces I try to bring out the natural beauty and grain of the item I am turning. After scouting the country side I came up with a supply of burls from a firewood supplier. With burls each piece has a unique composition and grain pattern . Of all of the different woods available I enjoy working with native woods of the area.

Now being retired it is even better if I can find my own source of turning wood without having to shell out the pension to feed the hobby. Over the past couple of years I have started to experiment with making my own hollowing tools. In that time I have also had the privilege of witnessing demonstrations by Marilyn Campbell, Jimmy Clewes and Doug Fisher as well as all the info on Woodturner's Resource have given me new avenues to explore and so the journey of turning continues.

I am really grateful to God for giving me this wonderful opportunity of using these talents to build wonderful relationships with guys and gals I have never met except for internet media.

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One done in bowl from a board technique. It is done from a bunch of odd and ends that I had laying around that I first glued together into a board and then cut it to suit from there.

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 A bowl done from a cube on the bias and as a result it comes out with three points on the bowl portion. The bowl was made out of a chunk of Black Walnut. the lid is from Black Walnut and Maple. The Finial I tried to get the two types of wood in a pattern and a form the same as the bowl.

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A Maple burl that I hollowed out with a natural edge showing. It’s measurement is about 7” high and about 9” across done to a 1/4” thickness.

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Maple burl that had the neatest texture and pattern. The burl was gotten from a logging company who saved it for me.

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Maple burl that I got from the same place and we were surprised just how different the makeup of different burls are.

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A bowl from a board technique with Lace wood, Cherry, Big Leaf Maple, Emboya and a Purple Heart rim.

7

A thank you for the person who supplies me with 75% of my burls. He wanted a piece to give to his financial adviser and asked me to do a burl for her. As an aside I have now gotten 3 pickup loads of burls from them for a total price of $25.00 I met him in a coffee shop and I asked him if he ever ran into some burls. He laughed and said “are you just like the rest? you want burls and then never come to pick them up”? I assured him I would come by and that very day I got a pickup load of burls(6 large burls).

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A Birch burl that I turned and then worried as I got into it about it staying together near the bottom of the bowl.

9

Red Pine Burl that I was asked to do for a friend of my grandson’s High school teacher. The interesting issue in the turning of this is the frequency that the tools had to be sharpened and the sanding was a real pain it had to be cleaned just about every other stroke. They were very happy with the finished product

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A Suspended Medallion is apr. 9” across finished both front and back. Learned the technique from Doug Fisher. It is finished in Aniline wood dye, with both carved and wood burned elements to the finished piece. The frame and base were added later to give the medallion more of a presence.