I was born in 1950 in Yorkton Saskatchewan Canada. Ever since I can remember I have been making something out of wood.
My father owned a lumber yard and millwork plant and later a construction company. In my youth I spent a lot of time watching and learning from these skilled craftsmen. In the evenings I remember helping my father build everthing from chairs to boats. In rhe summer, starting when I was thirteen, I would work for one of these companies building something out of wood. I graduated from university in 1975 and got into the concrete business leaving wood work behind for a number of years.
My first experience with a lathe was on my fathers metal lathe when I was eight years old. He helped me turn a walnut finial for a grandfathers clock, which my grandfather started and my father finished. The clock now stands proudly in my living room.
In my mid forties I began carving duck decoys and other objects but found it took too long to arrive at a finished product. In my late forties I purchased a lathe. I guess in the back of my mind I always remember turning the walnut finial with my Dad.
I began the long learning curve of becoming a self taught woodturner. I have learned from books, magazines, dvds and through lots of trial and error. The first number of years consisted of turning when time permitted, as I had a business to run. When I retired in 2003 I took a couple of years and built my home with a lot of help from a friend. Since then I have had more time for woodturning and purchased a second lathe. In the last six years I have been turning quite a bit.
The wood I use is mostly from deadfall trees from around the area I live. I also purchase some
types of wood not native to my region. My area has a lot of poplar, some maple and some birch. I think I enjoy going into the bush with my chain saw and cutting up some trees as much as I enjoy woodturning.
I turn both green wood and dried wood and recently built myself a kiln out of an old fridge to speed up the drying process. I have turned all sorts of pieces, from bowls to jewellery to goblets and everything in between. I use a lot of oil finishes, but also like the way analine dyes add to the effect on the plainer woods such as poplar.
I turn for my own enjoyment but I have attended a few craft shows to sell my turnings. If you see anything you like please email me or give me a call. I will be glad to give you a price.
I am mostly self taught but I have taken a five day woodturning class from Jim Bliss at the John C Campbell Folk School in South Carolina.
I have also attended a few woodturning demonstrations in Saskatoon with the instructors listed below:
Mike Hosaluk - Saskatoon Saskatchewan
Jimmy Clews - Las Vegas. Nevada
Clay Foster - Indianapolis, Indiana
Beth Ireland - Roslindale, Massachusets
Binh Pho - Maple Park, Illinois
Douglas Fisher - Victoria Island, BC
Michael Gibson - Hoschton, Georgia
Andrew Glazebrook - Red Deer, Alberta
I am a member of THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF WOODTURNERS.