Originally from Brooklyn, NY, and now residing in the Atlanta, GA area, I'm
retired from a 43+ year career as a telecommunications engineer. I've been a woodworker for most of
my life. After building furniture for many years, I started woodturning in 2000. I turn many
types of forms and objects including bowls, platters, hollow forms, goblets, boxes, pepper mills,
wine bottle stoppers, pens, etc., but my main focus is on hollow forms. I also like to embellish my
turnings by piercing, burning, coloring, carving, and texturing. For the last several years, I've
been focused exclusively on the "basket illusion", where a turned piece attempts to resemble woven
basketry. I enjoy demonstrating at woodturning clubs and teaching. All in all, I'm just
having fun. I work in my studio located in the basement of my home in Dunwoody, GA. I'm an active
member of the Georgia Association of Woodturners, Atlanta Woodturners Guild, and the American
Association of Woodturners.
Demo titles and descriptions
Basket Illusion Part 1
In part 1 of the demo, I'll start out by
explaining the overall process. Then I'll show how I design the "woven" pattern using polar
graph paper. We'll go over some examples and photos and also talk about where to find
inspiration for patterns. Next, I'll turn a small dish/platter, about 6"
diameter. While turning the small dish, I cover both sides with 1/8" beads from rim to
center. I'll explain the beading tool and how it can be used to get perfect beads every time.
Then I'll show 2 ways to quickly burn the valleys between the beads. After that is complete,
we'll reverse the piece to remove most of the tenon, and add a few more beads to the back of
Basket Illusion Part
We'll begin part 2 using the dish turned in part 1. I
will show how to index the piece using my homemade index wheels in order to divide the platter into
as many segments needed for the pattern I'm using. In this demo, 60 or 72 segments are required.
Then I'll start burning the radial lines over each bead. Normally this takes many hours, but I'll
only do a small portion to show the technique. I'll then switch to the rim of the dish and
demonstrate how I burn a herringbone weave around the rim. We'll only do a small portion of the
rim. Then I'll switch to a prepared piece that has all of the burning finished and I'll show how I
dye the "woven" pattern into the wood. The dying/coloring phase will only be partly completed as it
also takes many hours for completion. Finally, I'll discuss how to finish the piece and fix the
In this demo, I'll turn a lidded box. Beginning with a
3" square blank, 4” long, I'll show how to divide the blank into 2 parts for the lid and body of
the box. I'll begin with the lid first, explaining how I prepare it to fit the body of the box. At
this time, I finish the inside of the lid. Attention will then shift to the body of the box
where I will fit and temporarily attach the lid in order to finish the top portion. The lid will be
fitted to the body with a "turner's" fit ("pop" when lid is removed) and then eased slightly for
everyday use. Then I will shape the body of the box and hollow out the inside to match the shape of
the outside. The body of the box will then be reversed so that I can finish the bottom.
Finishing techniques will also be discussed.
Hollow Globe Ornament
In this demo, I'll turn a hollow globe ornament with a small finial on top and a
thin delicate icicle for the bottom. I'll start with a small 2X2X2 cube and attach it to a waste
block. I'll partially shape the globe, drill a hole to establish depth, and then hollow out the
inside to reduce the weight. After hollowing, I'll finish shaping the globe and continue drilling
the hole until it comes through the other end of the globe. Then I'll begin turning the icicle.
This will be turned from ebony and will be thin and delicate. It will have a tenon that will be
glued into one of the holes in the globe. From the remainder of the ebony, I'll turn a small finial
for the opposite end of the globe. The finial will have a small hole drilled into it to receive a
small hook. After it's all glued together. I'll discuss how I finish