CraigI’ve been working with wood for a long time. Starting out with standard flat work such as boxes and case work. Wood has always inspired me because the colors, grain and textures of each piece offers many possibilities.

I started turning on the lathe in 2000 as another way of creating designs that I couldn’t achieve with flat boards. Spending time refining the shape and form of a piece is not only satisfying, it’s almost meditative as the form begins to take shape. My recent endeavors have been using power carving tools to create even more flowing shapes.

As a member of both the American Association of Woodturners and Detroit Area Woodturners, I’m constantly learning new techniques and sharing what I’ve learned. I was the editor for the Detroit Area Woodturners monthly newsletter ‘Shavings’ from January 2013 till June 2015. I have also been the guest demonstrator for both pyrography and round bottomed bowls.

If you would like information about any of my works or to check the availability of any pieces on this site please use the ‘Contact‘ page. I’m also available to discuss commission work if you have any turning ideas you would like to see.

Art Education

  • Wood Turning class with Christophe Nancey, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
  • Wood Turning class with Samuel Avelino, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
  • Wood Turning class with Betty Scarpino, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
  • Wood Turning class with Jim Scarsella, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
  • Color Theory, Lake Orion Community Enrichment
  • Basic Drawing & Sculpture classes, Oakland Community College


  • Best of Show, 2017 DAW Gallery Exhibition @ Pontiac Creative Arts Center, Pontiac MI
  • Honorable Mention, 2013 Thumb Area Art Exhibit, Romeo, MI
  • First Place in Sculpture & 3-Dimensioal Amateur, 2008 EDS On My Own Time Art Show, North Plano, TX

Links for sites I visit:

American Association of Woodturners

Detroit Area Woodturners

Wood Turnings By Roger

Jim Scarsella