During my 33 year career as a Boeing engineer and manager, my woodworking was mostly focused on practical home projects. I promised myself that when I retired I’d get a “proper” set of tools, and explore the more “artistic” aspects of woodworking.
Soon, I discovered the various charms of wood turning. There is no end to the variety of techniques, projects, woods, and friendships to be found. I have discovered an endeavor to last a lifetime.
I am a member of the American Association of Woodturners, and a past president of the Olympic Peninsula Chapter.
I hope you’ll come to Verksted so you can look at all our work and so you can pick up my projects. Touching the pieces is the only way to enjoy the textural sensuality of the turned wood surface and the wood has to be seen to be appreciated.
I see myself as a potter. I have been working in clay for over 40 years and still love the feel of clay and my ability to change its shape with my hands.
A strong appreciation of the environment of the Pacific Northwest has led me to express the connections between classical forms and natural elements through form, surface detail or firing techniques.
I enjoy throwing classical shapes, and I often add hand built elements associated with nature or carve the pieces with organic patterns. My focus lately has been on alternative firing techniques. I especially appreciate the horsehair raku and pit fired burnished ware more familiar in the American Southwest.
Maybe it is our need for sun here in WA or the desert landscapes that draw me in to these firing techniques.