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Starting with a piece of locally gathered wood I peel away the exterior and using the grain, colour and scent of the wood for inspiration I turn the rough wood into a piece of work that both acts like art and performs a function.
Often the character of the wood makes the direction of the piece very obvious. The grain and colour determine the art. I determine the function through the shape and finish.
I have always been fascinated by the shadows and impressions created by flora and fauna. I often mimic their shapes by carving, burning and/or colour to embellish the pieces I create.
My personal turn of fate began in 2003 when I inherited my first lathe from my Dad. Little did I realize this new creative process would become such a huge challenge and passion for me.
Throughout my life I have puttered with a large variety of crafts. Some mastered, most left unfinished. Painting, stained glass and even needlepoint gave me experiences, knowledge and talent that I now use as a woodturner. After my first four hour woodturning class at Lee Valley I realized that this was my calling and abandoned my craft cupboard for my lathe. I now own three and have moved from the basement to my studio and gallery, affectionately called Turn-of-Fate. It is nestled in the woods on our property in Hillsburgh, Ontario.
In 2008 I was accepted into the Hills of Erin Studio Tour. The success I experienced validated my work was marketable and appreciated by customers and peers. That spurred me on to further develop my craft. I resigned from my marketing career, packed away the suits, nylons and stilettoes and bought work boots and a chainsaw. Since then I have successfully participated in a number of studio tours and markets as well as hosted art shows and sales in my own studio.
Although traditional turning materials, shapes and forms make up a portion of my current work I thrive on creating the unusual. My willingness to combine woodworking techniques and alternate finishing to advance my craft has led to many out of the ordinary pieces and some firewood. In 2011 my desire to be different was rewarded with the People’s Choice Award at the Made of Wood Show for a piece called Blissful Shade.
I continue to have great optimism for the outcome for my half-baked designs intentions, with the knowledge that the wood will lead me.