I believe in recycling materials to create works of art that will last lifetimes. Thus, I create art pieces from people’s trees that have been downed by hurricanes, tornadoes, wind or termite damage.
Tom is primarily self-taught in his age-old craft, and has been wood turning for over 20 years. He enjoys working full time creating functional, one-of-a-kind, artistic and collectible pieces, hand turned on a lathe. Tom uses mostly found or recycled wood whenever possible. He specializes in delicate natural edge hollow forms turned from green wood. He is influenced primarily by shapes found in nature as well as from ancient Indian cultures. Tom enjoys teaching wood turning and doing demonstrations for people in his studio. He has earned many awards for his work and has been featured in such magazines as New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles (Sept. ’06), Woodwork Magazine (Feb. ’06), American Woodturner (Fall ’04), and Southern Breeze (Spring ’04). He has completed a residency at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has a BS in Mathematics from University of Michigan as well as an MBA in Finance from Harvard University. Photo Essay and Video: Turning a Spalted Maple Bowl
Photos by Amira Pualwan
1: First Tom mounts half a log of maple onto the lathe.
2: He begins hollowing the outside curve of the bowl .
3: Then he flips the log to work on the inside. Here you can see his preliminary cuts.
4: Tom works on the inside curve of the bowl.
5: Although he has removed a good bit of the inside, he will keep turning it until it is the thickness and shape he desires.
6: Next he makes finer cuts to smooth and shape the outside.
7: Sanding is important for achieving a smooth and consistent surface.
8: Using a fine metal tool, Tom carves two decorative rings into the base.
9: The turned bowl is complete, and all that remains is oiling the wood.