Using only reclaimed local hardwood I create lathe-turned objects of art specializing in spalted wood with voids and natural bark edges. Most of the wood used in my creations has been relegated to the brush pile to rot or to the fireplace to be destroyed. Yet the spalting (partial decay) the natural edges and the cavitations in this wood that make it useless for anything else make it perfect for turned works of art that reveal the inherent and paradoxical beauty of these defects with spectacular graining and character that make each piece unique. Turning natural bark edges and incorporating the voids or knots adds substantial risk that the work-in-progress will shatter especially at the most critical final stages of refinement. Successfully negotiating the perils of fragile (unstable) wood loosely attached bark or large voids where the tool must bridge gaps in the high-speed rotation of the wood uncovers a raw beauty that defies explanation.
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