Wood turning is an absolutely fascinating way to create form. Unlike with a flat board, a large piece of wood has unlimited possibilities. On can rotate it and move it around to take advantage of natural voids, bark, curl and color variations.
Sometimes there are surprises in the wood that give new opportunities for creativity. My role as an artist is to create a partnership in which the wood becomes the form and the form enhances the wood. That balance between wood and imagination is what I strive for in my work.
One of the great things about living in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is our abundant supply of wood. I harvest the majority of the wood I use locally, usually from storm-damaged trees or dead/diseased trees taken down for safety reasons. I have never harmed a tree to further my art!