Sneak Peek

A peek at what I’m currently working on.


Hum, what can that be?

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Roses & Thorns

Over the Christmas holidays I was in Ohio and stopped by the WoodWerks store (which is one of my favorite tool stores). While browsing around I found a template for laying out diamond and triangle turnings. The templates are made by Mike Sorge, he calls the turnings he makes with them Elegant Geometrics. I was interested in the design so I thought I’d give a diamond shaped turning a try.

This is made from a cherry board. It measures 20 inches long.

Roses & Thorns

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The Woodworking Shows are in town this weekend so I will be displaying this in their Project Showcase area.


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ArtPrize 2014 My Favorites

After two days walking around Grand Rapids looking at all the entries, these are the four I’ve come up with as my favorites.

AP_2014-025This piece by Jerry Ward  called ‘Beauty of Compromise’ has a very nice flow to it. The lines and curves twisted so nicely that it made me want to reach out and touch it. I think it would have been better if we could have viewed it without all the background distractions.

AP_2014-030Dan Chudzinski’s entry called ‘The Mudpuppy’ is so much fun. This outdoor sculpture stand 8 feet high and 14 feet long. It depicts a creature taking his dog for an underwater walk.


‘Intersections’ took up an entire room of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). A light in the center reflects the patterns over the walls and ceiling. Standing in the room gave you a feeling of being surrounded by it. This piece by Anila Quayyum Agha is the only one of my favorites that also made the judges’ short list.

And my vote for the Peoples Choice went to:AP_2014-026

The Swimming Polar Bear by Nahoko Kojima. This entry consisted of three paper cut sculptures; a leopard, an eagle and a polar bear. It was the polar bear that stood out to me.

Made from a single sheet of white washi paper measuring 10 foot by 10 foot and hung from the ceiling by invisible wires. It took her seven months to make all the cuts.


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ArtPrize 2014 Day Two

More images from art work we viewed today:

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ArtPrize 2014 Day One

We traveled to Grand Rapids this morning to visit this years ArtPrize event. Last year we did this and found out that one day was just not enough time to see everything we wanted to. Especially with the 2 1/2 hour drive each way.

Here are some photo’s from todays visit:

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DAW September Newsletter

The September edition of the DAW newsletter ‘Shavings’ is out. This was the first meeting we held in our new location at the Pontiac Creative Art Center.

Unfortunately I was not at this meeting. I’m planning at being there in October.

The newsletter can be accessed via the link below:

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Roger and Me

No, I’m not talking about that stupid movie by that fat guy! I’m referring to Roger from “Wood Turnings By Roger”.

Roger invited me to his shop last Monday for some turning. I spent a good part of the day there and turned this walnut platter.

Roger is very good at making platters. Needless to say, I learned a lot from him.

A big thank you goes out to Roger.

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DAW May-June Newsletter

The combination May and June DAW newsletter is out. This issue covers the regular May meeting and the June Turn-A-Thon.

Shavings May & June 2014

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DAW May Meeting

At todays meeting Chuck did a demonstration on off-center turning methods for pendants.

The first method was using a four jaw chuck.

The second was using a home made jig.

The third was using a Richard Joyner Off-Center jig.

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DAW April Newsletter

The April edition of the DAW newsletter ‘Shavings’ is out.

It can be accessed via the link below:


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