wood turning • whirligigs
I have always been mechanically inclined. I attended college and was disappointed with the direction I was headed. I tried an office job in advertising and felt choked by a tie and jacket life.
I had the opportunity to get a job in NYC working on a feature film. My hobby was photography so it felt good working in a field closer to my heart. The job ended, NY was on fire after the MLK assassination and it was a good time to get out of town. I returned to Madison and lived through the Mifflin Street riot. Again it seemed like a good time to get out of town, I found a 4 acre farmette in Blanchardville. On the way to see it the realtor drove through the hamlet of Postville and pointed out the blacksmith shop. It had both metal and woodworking equipment used to repair wagons. I had worked as a carpenters apprentice for summer jobs. I contacted the 85 year old owner who rented the business for a while then sold it to me. I have been in Postville since then.
As I started out I visited artists in Spring Green and Mineral Point. One man I met who was a big influence was Harry Nohr. Harry turned wooden bowls and made rustic furniture in his retirement. I assisted him in preparing his bowl blanks. He explained the essence of being a craftsman- doing your best work to create heritage pieces. I spent many hours looking over his shoulder.
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In my retirement I have turned to wood turning, combined with metal accents. I am really enjoying this stage of my career. I am no longer doing commission work but making whatever I want. It has turned out to be very satisfying.
DEMONSTRATION: I will be demonstrating . . .
STUDIO ACCESS: After a short walk between perennial flower gardens, and across a mowed lawn which slants gently upward, there are three steps up into the Hen House Studio/Gallery. The space within is very well lit, but it has a slightly uneven floor. Refreshments will be served.
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