I started my artistry later in life, finding that working with the natural beauty of wood intrigued me. Creating bowls and vessels helped me combine nature with decorative and useful instruments. Segmented work combines these attributes wonderfully.
Segmented woodturning can be described as cutting wood boards into little pieces, and gluing them back together into selected patterns. After the pieces are glued back together, I machine the assembly on a lathe using hand-held tools to get the desired shape.
I do segmenting in two basic ways- closed segmenting (no air gaps between segments) and open segmenting (with air gaps between segments). Open segmenting is more advanced and creates a “wow” factor when seeing it for the first time.
I create my segmenting projects with both domestic and exotic woods to obtain the various colors needed to create patterns for the feature elements. Some of my latest projects involve designs reminiscent of Native American work, especially from the southwestern states. A trip into Arizona opened my eyes to the realization that their designs work well with my segmenting work. I hope that my work pays tribute to the wonderful craftsmanship and artistry of their beautiful baskets and pottery.
I also enjoy working with acrylics, creating fine writing instruments. This allows me to experiment with different color combinations that are not found in nature. I have also started to experiment using a CNC machine to craft designs.
Huron Valley Council for the Arts
American Association of Woodturners
Segmented Woodturners Chapter of the AAW
International Association of Penturners
Midwest Penturners Gathering, Wadsworth Ohio, 2016, 2017
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg Tennessee, Segmented Woodturners Symposium, 2010
Self-taught since 2007
2017, People’s Choice Award, “Show Me the Money”, Huron Valley Council for the Arts
2012, Fowlerville Family Fair, First Premium, Woodturning
2012, Fowlerville Family Fair, Second Place, Woodturning