My Story So Far...
My experience began in high school wood shop. I recieved a C in turning from a teacher who seemed to think woodworking skills would never amount to anything. Many years later around 1997 I inherited my Grandpa's 1950s Craftsman lathe. A senior Mason, he was known for the gavels he made for his local Masonic Lodge. I started learning with small items to get a feel for the lathe and found I enjoyed making pens as gifts for my family. Pleased with them and the compliments they received, they encouraged me to sell my work to others.
I invested in a smaller lathe that was much more manageable for making pens and continued to practice and fine tune my skills and turning style. To see how I make pens go here:
About 20 years after starting on that huge, old lathe, I decided I was ready for my first show. I sold two items during the entire weekend....two. Somewhat discouraged, but not going to give up, I applied for another show. This one was a far better experience. Now I have many shows under my belt, large and small, indoors and out, as part of sci-fi conventions, fine art shows (including Ann Arbor Art Fair twice), festivals, and small local craft fairs. My gallery of these:
I've found I love talking to folks at shows, demonstrating my products, and helping them find the right piece to take home or give as a special gift. I am honored that many of my pens now have new homes in Italy, Japan, China, Thailand, England, Canada, across the U.S., and of course, Michigan. Some orders I've completed many pieces for weddings or corporate gifts, including the Michigan Governer's Office of Foundation. Browse the items I've made here:
I've expanded my turning to include items like peppermills, large pizza wheels, shaving brushes and razors, seam rippers for sewing, and many more. Working in woods, acrylics, stone composites, and other materials, I’m striving to gain more skill to create lathe–turned art that can be used and appreciated on a daily basis; small pieces of pleasing and practical aesthetics to brighten everyday tasks.
Thank you for learning about my adventure!