A Cabinetmaker Turns
I have been a cabinet and furniture maker for many years. Cabinets and furniture build form by cutting, fitting and assembling the pieces that make the whole. Segmented turned form -- of which my work is an example -- involves varying degrees of assembly before the object is put onto a lathe and shaped freehand with turning tools. In burl bowls for example, the focus is on turning a particularly interesting piece of wood. I simply frame the top, and stabilize the rim, with a double assembled ring of ebony. Other works minimize the center bowl and elaborate the rim with multi-color and multi-center assembled designs. In a few works , there is no center bowl. The form is developed solely through assembled pieces. In all of this work, I am very interested in surface design -- the patterns formed by the different woods I use. In segmented work the patterns tend to repeat. By changing the center of rotation as I assemble my work, I can create asymmetry -- patterns that do not repeat. In my latest work, I change the axis of rotation to get non-repeating patterns in surface design on vertical forms. Scrambled Egg on Nest, a recent piece shown here, is an example.