Images of me and my work courtesy of the American Association of Woodturners © AAW 2012
I've found my passion
As long as I can remember I have wanted to “do something” with wood. But growing up before title IV when girls could not take shop in high school, I had no idea how or where to begin. So for years it was just something I was going to do “some day. ”
Then in 2010, during a visit to the American Association of Woodturning (AAW) Gallery, all that changed. I saw a woodturning demonstration and was enthralled, never before having seen anyone work on a lathe. I asked about instructors in the area and set up my first lesson.
The first time I put roughing gouge to wood and watched the shavings fly I was hooked. I love the studio smells – fresh wood shavings, linseed and walnut oils. I turn green wood mostly and delight in watching the bowls assume the shape they want to be as they dry. I also carve wooden spoons, spatulas, butter paddles etc. I am a salvage artist because I take pieces of wood destine for the chipper and give them new life as objects of beauty for people to use and enjoy.
I have participated in the Saint Paul spring and fall art crawls in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and now spring 2016. I've shown my work at home open house art shows, Saint Paul's Newell Park Summer Festival, the Milaca RecFest, Highland Fest, Tangle Town Christmas Crawl, Minneapolis Women's Arts Festival, Lanesborough arts and craft show, as well as Mankato’s Christmas art show.
Check out the “Gallery” page to see examples of my work and click above to see how I make a bowl