I have been tinkering with wood since I was 9. I got introduced to turning in the late 80’s when my wife and I gave my father-in law a book by Dale Nish called “Creative Woodturning” for Christmas. It totally captured my interest. I learned about the Seattle turning club but my job didn’t allow me the time to go. A friend told me about a new club starting in Fife and I have been a member since the first meeting. Last October I had the opportunity to take a free week long class from J Paul Fennell at Arrowmont, a craft school in Gatlinburg Tenn. Ever since I first saw his work I’ve been mesmerized by them. It was a wonderful experience to turn for a week in a small class with Paul there to guide you through his techniques. I will attempt to show you the tools and approach needed to create pieces like his.
The bottom line is anyone can do this type of work if you are willing to devote the time.