Artisan Statement: I enjoy rescuing, revealing and preserving the inherent and diverse natural beauty of fallen trees through creative woodturning with an emphasis on non-round geometric shapes, bark included natural edge, and burl forms. My geometric turned sculptures feature flowing undulating lines and are food safe “art for utilitarian use”, while my natural edge winged vase sculptures feature extensive high and low bark elegantly revealing the life of the tree it came from. With burl forms I strive to create timeless shapes maximizing the fullness and beauty of each unique burl. And with the traditional round form I enjoy creating attractive bowls and boxes that play with light and shadow.
As my work was discovered by the woodturning community, I’ve been asked to provide demonstrations and teach classes. Becoming safely comfortable with what I call “big air” turning techniques is exhilarating and fun; it facilitates a more complete mastery of tool work, which naturally opens doors to a new realm of turning imagination.
More about Mike: Growing up in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains Mike, along with his three brothers and parents, explored the California mountains, deserts, forests, and spent countless glorious days on, in and under the Pacific waves. This foundation, along with Mike’s Dad’s influence as an industrial arts teacher, led to his appreciation of trees and their incredibly beautiful and diverse timber.
In the fall of 2009, Mike realized his passion for creative lathe-work, bought his first lathe, set up a modest studio, joined Central Ohio Woodturners, studied DVDs, read books, and set upon a determined path of experimentation, of trial and error, and created a unique body of work by the end of his first year - his signature Winged Geometrics and Winged Natural Edge Vases.
Membership: Mike is a member of The American Association of Woodturners (AAW), Central Virginia Woodturners (CVW), The Southern Highlands Craft Guild (SHCG), Artists in Cahoots Gallery (Lexington, VA) and C’Ville Arts Gallery (Charlottesville, VA).
Demonstrations & Classes: Mike has traveled extensively the last few years fulfilling requests to provide demonstrations and teach classes of his unique approaches in presenting the bowl gouge to non-round forms resulting in distinctive art and utilitarian items. Becoming safely comfortable with “big air turning” is exhilarating and fun; it improves bowl gauge expertise and naturally opens doors to a new realm of turning imagination. Email Mike for available bookings.
Timber sourcing: Every year, storms, insects and disease force down hundreds of thousands of trees across the US and around the world. How wonderful for mankind to rescue and wisely utilize this incredibly beautiful natural resource. I personally rescue regionally most of the wood for my turnings, and source some timber from regional saw mills and lumber suppliers including select international woods.
Finishes: Mike's utilitarian bowls, platters and lidded boxes are finished with TY Food Safe Finish, a custom blend of utilitarian food safe oil (100% organic, zero voc, polymerized flax seed & shea oil), which penetrates and hardens in the wood, generally drying in 1-2 hours. Mike's winged natural edge art pieces are finished with a blend of penetrating oil and varnish that seals, protects and enhances the woods' inherent natural beauty, which Mike finally buffs resulting in a rich, warm glow.