Coleman, Texas, United States
Welcome to my studio. I have always enjoyed working with wood. I began turning pens, but I have added bowls and other items,
My wife and I have raised birds for many years. I enjoy fishing whenever I have the opportunity. My wife raises African violets as a hobby. She also crochets and enjoys working jigsaw puzzles.
Skills and Techniques
I am a self-taught woodturner, and I am not satisfied until I have a high-quality finished product. I have accomplished this through trial and error, extensive Internet research, and practice. Through research I have met many experienced woodturners who are willing to share from their vast knowledge of the art, which has made it easier for me to achieve the finished product I desire. I appreciate their willingess to share.
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Get to Know
My wife, Peggy, and I have been married for 52 years. We have two daughters and three grandchildren, and one very special great-granddaughter. In the past I have been a mechanic, worked in the oilfield, and was a taxidermist until a hand injury prevented me from being able to continue in the field. I have always enjoyed working with wood. My first lathe was one I made myself when I was 12 or 13 years old. When my grandson was 12 or 13 years old he wanted to turn pens, and while helping him I returned to my love of working with wood.
I enjoy all aspects of working with wood, from cutting the trees and preparing the wood to dry in my homemade kiln, to the actual turning of the wood to see what secrets it will reveal during the process. I typically use woods found locally, pecan, mesquite, hackberry(an unexpected favorite, mulberry, pine, and all the oaks-live oak, post oak, and black jack oak. I also work with exotic woods from all over the world that I purchase.
I enjoy researching woodturning on the Internet, learning from other woodturners what has worked or not worked for them. Their willingness to share information regarding tools, techniques in turning projects, finishing techniques, and how to make your own tools have proven to be extremely beneficial to me. They have prevented me from experiencing hours of frustration in trying to master a technique and saved many dollars and hours wasted trying finishing techniques that do not yield a quality product.
I began turning pens and continue to do so, but I love a challenge. I now turn bowls, vases, birdhouses, and ring holders, to name a few items. Each new item adds to my skills or brings a completely new skill set which requires mastery. In addition to utilizing the lathe for projects I also make bandsaw projects, mainly jewelry boxes at this time, but I am always looking for new projects to do or develop.
I hope you enjoy my studio. If you have any questions, a special order request, or just want to talk shop, please feel free to contact me.
This is a natural edge bowl from pecan wood. It has been named the "Sweetheart Bowl" and was given to my mom.
This is a small vase/bowl that is almost transparent. I often see things in Dad's creations, and this one reminds me of the moon in Van Gogh's Starry Night painting.
I made this little bowl for my great-granddaughter when she was 2 years old. It is just the right size for her to carry around her Mardi Gras bead necklaces, candy or pecans. She places her bowl in the display case with all the other items, and takes it out when she comes over to visit.