Days of A Turner

  • A Year Later...

    At the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show a week ago, a friend who does web site development and maintenance, stopped by my booth.  He had looked at my site and had this comment: Nice site, but you might want to consider changing the title of your blog to 'Years of A Turner' as you have failed to post an entry for almost a year!  Point well taken.  I will try to live up to the title of the blog and comment more frequently.

    I have been home for a week now and energy has slowly trickled back into my batteries. The PMA show was exhausting but a great success. Held as the PA Convention Center, it features wonderful work by 195 of the countries best artists. 18,000 people come to look, talk and buy. Pamela (my 'booth biscuit', partner and supporter) and I staffed the store (booth 420) Wednesday through Sunday.  I was awarded a prize for "Design Excellence," one of 7 ribbons given  at the show and sold many pieces, including Torus 2  and Sphere 2, a technically hair-raising 12" sphere in holly and ebony.  We stayed with dear friends in Villanova and commuted into Center City on the Paoli Local --just like actual business people.  The Reading Terminal Market, touted as One of Top Ten Public Spaces in America," is  just across Arch Street from the show.  It allowed us to pick our cuisine - from deadly but delicious (Philly Cheesesteaks, for example) to Middle Eastern and Indian.  And Basset hand-packed ice cream.  Double yum.

  • Pix from Moving Day

    Here are photos taken yesterday of lathes and bandsaw moving into new studio.  Note that beards and hydraulic assists are mandatory.  Many lbs of metal moved without incident.  Thank you Eric, David and Rob!

  • Moving Day

    The riggers brought my 4 largest machines into the new shop today.  A big moment, as it means I have made my last piece at my studio in New Ipswich. The evolution of the technique I use to create my work took place there, so it is sad to be leaving it.  But I took the opportunity to build on the property my partner and I share in Pepperell, MA a studio that is bigger, brighter and free of the moisture and mold that plagued me in New Ipswich.  And it is a short walk rather than a 35 minute commute! The Logan machine lathe must be 50 years old.  It is an honorable hunk of American cast iron, weighing we guessed, a ton and a half. There is a looseness in its joints, and it requires understanding, but it is still quite capable of cutting in thousands.  I need that for the close work  in fitting the rings together in a piece.  The Oneway 2436, a wonderfully engineered Canadian machine, the vintage Delta Crescent bandsaw and the compressor also came in this load.  Whereas in the old studio, the bandsaw barely made it under the ceiling, it has almost 3' to the ceiling here.  We are planning a big opening party at the end of the month.  After that, I'll get serious about making the space work.