Bowls Furniture Bio Contact
John turns a bowl in his Maine woodworking shop


I began to pursue the craft of woodworking and furniture design after seeing an exhibit featuring the work of contemporary designer craftsmen in 1962. Subsequently I visited the workshops of the furniture makers whose work I saw and admired in the exhibit and I eventually worked in the shops of two of those craftsmen. In 1965 I moved to Henniker New Hampshire and began establishing myself as a woodworker designing and making furniture. I have been a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen since 1965 and was a founding member of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. In 1993 I moved my workshop in Warner New Hampshire to midcoast Maine where I continue to design and make contemporary furniture on commission.

My bowls are turned on a wood lathe from unseasoned hardwoods. I turn each bowl from start to finish while the wood is green and wet. When I am done turning a bowl on the lathe I start the finishing process applying a non-toxic penetrating oil over a period of a few weeks. Over time as the wood dries, it moves slightly out of round giving each bowl its distinctive shape. On the bottom of every bowl I sign my name and the kind of wood the bowl is made from. I also draw a picture of a dog.

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