||My turning career started in high school, but was interrupted by 40 years of science teaching. Now retired, I am turning clean-lined, smoothly finished, pieces from burls and local hard woods. It is a joy to see the figure and grain of the wood appear as the piece is shaped on the lathe. Though I started out favoring functional items, I am now making a mix of functional and decorative turnings. Wedding Goblets are a specialty and exploring the line and weight of plates, bowls, and vase forms is a particular joy. Emphasizing the figure and grain patterns in the wood is a theme that runs through all the work.
The Jubilations are something new. Taking a slab of wood, turning it, cutting it up and mounting it for hanging on a wall is a rush. I am a fascinated maker and spectator in their development.
You can see this work at Art and Craft Shows in the greater Southeastern PA region. Visit Ed’s Craft Booth where we have a virtual visit and a list of craft shows where you can see Ed turn a top and experience the booth in person.
I am also teaching woodturning at 3 locations: the WoodCraft Store in Allentown, PA, the Philadelphia Woodworks in Manayunk, PA, and at the Fab Lab of Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA
At each location I teach an 8-class course covering an introduction to spindle turning, tool sharpening, and making: eggs, matched multiples, cups, lidded boxes, plates, and both wet and dry bowls. There is an 8-class intermediate course that follows the introduction. At the WoodCraft Store, the 8-class course is divided into a 1 class introduction, Spindle I, and a 7-class basic course..
Teaching turning is a combination of a loved vocation and a consuming form a self expression. If you want more information, click on the links to those sites, see a schedule at Learn to Turn Wood or contact me.
What needs do you have that can be satisfied with turned wood? Let me turn the item that will meet that need, or teach you to make it for yourself.