Working with wood over the past 35 years I have learned a lot about the beauty and diversity of nature. Trees come in all shapes and sizes and can be divided or classified by many unique parameters. These “types” of trees are very diverse and within each type there are a multitude of differences that make each tree unique. The nature of a tree is influenced by both its genetic makeup and its environment. Like humans, trees are also affected by how they react to their environment. Two oak trees that grow in a forest next to each other can be very different when you look at their inner structure. This makes woodworking an adventure for me, rather than just the product as I strive to find the balance between the beauty of the wood and the beauty of the form.
I have had the great honor of being elected President of the North Carolina Woodturners Association and through that organization meet many talented individuals who shared their insights and experiences with me. Although no longer President, I am still an active member of the organization.
Lastly and most importantly I am very fortunate to have a loving family who support and encourage me as I continue my adventure of turning firewood into works of art.