I turn these natural
edge vessels on the lathe. The rim of the vessel is formed by
the original surface of the log, not by me. I seek out gnarly
old logs that speak to me, and the final vessel is a composition
of the log’s character and the form that I create.
The lathe rotates the workpiece against a sharp gouge, which I
control with my hands, supported by a tool rest. It is a very
smooth and fluid process. Great masses of huge shavings pour off,
like curly French fries. A lot of shavings – I clean up
with a snow shovel.
I visit firewood piles and rescue logs that I feel an attraction
to. A lot of time can go into looking at a log and I make a number
of decisions before I pick up my chain saw, but I usually don't
decide on the shape of the piece until I have started turning
and can see what is inside the blank.