My interest in wood ranges from managing our Classified hardwood forest through timber harvest and saw milling to proper lumber drying. Almost everything I make in my shop/studio was once growing leaves on our property. Having been involved with engineering most of my life, I enjoy the challenge of the design and procedure of every project. My current primary interests are Artistic turning and Early American furniture. When Dave & Dorothy, who was on the staff of the Indiana State University Library in Terre Haute, built their home in rural Parke County, they built a wood working shop into the design. Dave has built Roll top Desks, tables, chairs, cabinetry, not to mention a 3500 sq. ft. Geodesic Dome solar heated home. I have studied and admired the turning design of the Greeks and Romans. My pieces tend to show elements that they learned were pleasing to the eye thousands of years ago. I believe that the beauty of a turned object starts with the form, and is drawn to the color and figure of the wood. Although I turn traditional objects, I like to include material other than wood, like brass, glass and acrylic as it adds interest and eye appeal.
I like to study paintings by the past great masters. You might notice that they quite often include turned objects, cups, goblets, candle sticks and Urns. Close analysis will reveal that the paintings disclose items that people used daily in the time that they were painted. I believe that beautiful turned objects are timeless, and are appreciated and loved today as they were 600 to 2000 years ago.