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My wife, Peggy, and I have been married for 57 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.