I started the Figurative Series in 1996. It was originally a challenge of techniques. I knew any sculpture of this scale must be hollow to get a relatively thin wall thickness. A solid piece of wood would check and crack. So the difficulty was finding a way to hold the wood on the lathe, hollow from both ends and do multi-axis hollowing. Once I developed a process for hollow turning, my goal was to achieve anatomically correct figures. This took some time with no background in anatomy. When I learned the basics of the human shape I started to explore taking some creative license to play with shapes, movements and emotion and tweak the proportions of the forms. The following gallery is a selected variety of figurative sculptures as a sampling of my creations.
I started woodworking and woodturning as a child, so I have sawdust in my veins. In 1988, I stopped all other woodworking to concentrate on turning and lathe work. The following gallery is a glimpse of turnings I have done over the years.
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