stuff I make with wood
I use all local wood, mostly Birch for this work. At this point I am doing most of my turning on a small electric lathe and then carving the outsides of the bowls to create textures of flutes, facets, quilts, lines and shadows.
These are meant to be used, working bowls and cups. They are a pleasure to eat and drink from & for some reason even a joy to wash. From popcorn to chili to ice cream.
My first exploration of wood bowls and spoons was with Bill Coperthwaite, on his, remote & off-grid, homestead in Main. Later, I learned to make wood bowls on a foot powered lathe called a spring pole lathe. Studying with Jared Dahl in Wisconsin I learned to turn the bowls, forge the tools and build the lathes used for this work. Following this, I traveled back home to Alaska and built my own lathe. In this tradition it's common to leave the marks made by the tools, it's a nice record of the process.
At this point I feel like I'm blending many of the old techniques I used on the foot powered lathe and hand carved surfaces with the efficiency of the electric lathe. Many of the forms and textures are drawn from my experience as a potter, making bowls from clay.
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