#13 (“Blue Scales”)

Just got back from the Virginia Woodturning Symposium this afternoon.  Had a great time, attended some worthwhile presentations, picked up a couple of new toys from the vendors and, most importantly, finally met some great folks I have been chatting with online for some time now.  A great dinner and several great beers were consumed.  

I completed my most recent piece just in time to display it (along with “#11”) in the symposium’s instant gallery.  It was flattering to see my pieces displayed alongside the work of several remarkable wood artists.  

At 19″, it is the largest bead inlay illusion piece I have done to date.  The wood is cherry and the design is one of my own.  




Didn’t really have a name for this one so simply calling it “#11”.  My wife calls it “Robots” but that didn’t work for me.  There was a “#9” and a “#10” but I wasn’t especially enamored with either so I didn’t bother posting them here.

The wood is Jatoba (aka “Brazilian Cherry”), ~18″ in diameter, the largest piece I have made so far.  The pattern is based on a pattern by Aleksandra Góra.

number11-1000 number11-crop


“Infinity”, walnut, acrylic ink, about 15″.  Adapted from a bead weaving pattern by Monika Extrano.  I have included a picture of the back to show the pewter inlay I have been adding to my last several pieces.  I have also been playing around with different variations of the beaded band on the bottom concept.  I’m not sure I have found the one that I love yet.


"Infinity", back

I’m on Instagram

I finally got around to creating an Instagram page.  There won’t be anything I post over there that I don’t post here, but it is a great way to follow my work and, more importantly, the work of many other talented woodturners who also post their work there (usually linked into #woodturning).  

My page can be found here.


“Hexagonal Canes”

Hexagonal Canes

Walnut, acrylic ink, 15″ in diameter.  

This is my homage to the collaborative platters created by polymer clay artist Cynthia Tinapple and her woodturner husband, Blair Davis.  “Canes” is a polymer clay term for rolling multiple colors of clay together into rolls and then slicing them into multi-colored slices.  I tried to somewhat replicate the “look” of this using the bead weaving illusion technique.