Wood turning has fascinated me ever since I saw an exhibition presented by the American Association of Woodturners a few years ago. The pieces on display were stunning works of art that pushed the creativity of the lathe far beyond the salad bowls and staircase spindles I had associated with woodturning. I followed up this fascination by taking lessons. After acquiring some basic skills I began spending more and more time at the lathe and less and less in what was my “day job” as a television documentary producer and author. Then in 2003, I opted for a new career as a full time wood turner and carver. In many ways, the two careers are not, as they may seem to be, mutually exclusive. I have always been fascinated by images and ideas, essential elements for writing, directing and as I have discovered, for woodturning and wood carving.
With an emphasis on wildlife, I try to capture the essence of nature in the wood I turn and carve. Birds, fish, and animals are all enhaced by the once living wood in which they are carved.
Prices range from $35 to $1000, but most of the pieces are in the $100 to $400 range. My work has won numerous awards including First Place in Wood Carving at the Georgia National Fair.