As the art of woodturning has evolved all manner of tools and techniques have been developed, the result of which has been to give woodturners nearly unlimited opportunities for creative expression. With so much latitude insofar as the tools available and the techniques to be explored, the woodturner is free to focus on the object to be created.
When executing a turning I am primarily concerned with three elements:
1) Emphasizing the unique properties of the wood I am turning,
2) Producing a turning that will be aesthetically pleasing while taking maximum advantage of what the materials have to offer, and
3) Completing a turning in which the execution of the whole gives me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
If I am not pleased with what I do then neither are you likely to be pleased with what I have done! It could reasonably be said that I turn for my own enjoyment knowing that if my work is aesthetically pleasing and technically fulfilling to me there is a much better chance that it will be pleasing to others.
Some of my more recent turnings are pictured below.
Unless otherwise indicated on the description that came with your turning, the finish applied is pre-catalyzed lacquer, a very hard and durable finish. Do not apply wax or use any so-called furniture care product. Do not wash your turning by submerging all or any part of it in water. A light wipe with a soft cloth is all that is required. Turnings with a natural edge, especially those with the bark still attached, are intended for display only. They should not be used to serve fruit, nuts, candy or any other item. More traditional bowls, those without bark or openings can be used as serving bowls (not for liquids). They should be emptied when not in use and wiped clean with a damp sponge or cloth. A drop or two of liquid dishwashing liquid can be used if necessary (Dawn Dishwashing Liquid). Wipe clean and dry.