I live in an historic neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee. Years ago, I built a structure in my back yard to use as storage for "stuff" that was inundating our house. One spring break, my youngest child took a local woodworking course. He came back saying that we need to get a lathe. I said, "We don't need a lathe. What are we going to do with a lathe?" We got a lathe, a mini lathe. We were both turning simple projects, borrowing tools that a couple of neighbors lent to us, unbeknownst to me that they, too, were turners. Needless to say, I got hooked. Now I'm on my third lathe and my storage building has become a work shop.
So what began as a hobby eight years ago has evolved into a passion that I enjoy sharing with others. My free-form wood bowls, vessels, and platters are all turned using locally grown wood and are food safe. I find the wood for my projects through word of mouth or by stumbling upon a fallen tree. I have long used my landscape design experience as a creative outlet and believe that trees--as do all living entities--have a story to tell. Each tree's story is different from the next, and the final chapter of each story, or turning, is a surprise.
Member: Foothills Craft Guild, Tennessee Craft East