After a few years of amateur furniture making, in late 2016 I purchased a lathe and have shifted exclusively to turning. I am a member of the Montgomery County, Capital Area, and Mid-Maryland Woodturners clubs, and have participated in several workshops from professional turners such as Jimmy Clewes, Stuart Batty, Donna Banfield, and Jacques Vesery.
One of the benefits of turning is that virtually all the starting material comes locally from our abundance of trees. Except for a few smaller items made from “spectraply” or exotic offcuts, everything else is turned from wood otherwise destined for the landfill or fireplace.
Utilitarian pieces that come into contact with food (bowls, platters, cups, insides of salt & pepper shakers) are finished with food safe oil finishes from Tried & True (triedandtruewoodinish.com). Spoons and spatulas are finished with mineral oil and beeswax. Some pieces are buffed with the Beall system (bealltool.com) of food safe abrasive and carnuba wax compounds. Some purely decorative pieces are finished with spray lacquers or Arm-R-Seal wipe on oil-poly blend. The metal parts of the bottle cap openers and stoppers are from Ruth Niles and are made of 304 FDA food grade stainless steel that won’t corrode even when in contact with things like oil and vinegar. Pens use widely available Cross- or Parker-style refills and pencils use 7mm lead.
Wooden items should never be placed in a dishwasher or allowed to stand in water for any period of time. Clean with mild soap and water and dry immediately. If you feel the surface needs to be freshened up, you can use something simple like walnut oil, or mineral oil for spoons. The small memorial urns have a removable screw cap and hold a small amount of material (typically 10-15 cubic inches). The hollow vase and other urn shaped pieces are not watertight and should be used only with dry flowers or arrangements.
Shows and Sales
Feb 29 – April 11, 2020 BlackRock Center for the Arts