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Wood turning, it’s not a hobby, it’s an addiction.
Having retired and moved to Guemes Island 16 years ago, I began turning bowls around 2001.
Many of the varieties of wood I turn are from the island, i.e., maple, Pacific yew, Asian pear, apple, and madrone. Other woods include monkey pod, avocado, rhododendron, cedar, mahogany, koa, and holly.
One very recent find was in our own yard when an approximately 50-year-old Pacific yew on our property died. Its trunk, at 30-plus feet high and a 16” diameter, has been providing material for beautiful and uniquely-shaped vessels.
I also do some contrasting color inlay work on some bowls usually in the top rim of the bowl. Pyrography (wood burning) designs on the turned bowls is also something I have enjoyed adding to the piece.
Taking a piece of a stump, downed tree, displaced or dying tree and transforming it into a bowl, plate or vase is very satisfying. Often the piece changes while turning from the initial minds image to the final piece. This is often the result of cracks, knots, or voids that are uncovered as the turning progresses.
I will only be selling by appointment at this point as I have no studio or workshop space to display.
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© David McKibben