My background in woodworking started in Germany with my apprenticeship as a luthier, where I built guitars, banjos, mandolins, and the occasional folk instrument like dulcimers. What was supposed to be a 6 month trip around the world turned into me emigrating to the USA. In Los Angeles, I joined IATSE Local 729 and painted movie sets and scenery until retirement. Currently, I paint landscapes in oil. During Covid quarantines, I picked up the skill of woodturning. It has always intrigued me for its freedom of expression, and it is something I haven't done previously. Unbound by traditional forms and norms, I find it liberating.
The vast majority of my wood is locally sourced from piles destined for firewood. I choose crotch pieces, ugly roots, burl, and any misshapen pieces when I look for wood. They are usually the most interesting specimen. After rough turning, I let the project dry to finish later. My preferred surface finish is Cyanoacrylate, also known as Super Glue. It leaves not only a rugged gloss finish but is food safe. While the wood projects dry or await further treatment, I busy myself with oil paintings. The world of Movie and Television production is fast paced, and time is of the essence. Water- based paint with its fast drying properties is the proper medium. Oil-based paints cure slower and allow for a more intimate process. No deadline leaves time to explore and play. Of course, the paint needs time to cure, which allows me to swing back to my lathe and bowls.
I create pieces you can enjoy for years. Wood is a living thing and it will "move" depending on the environment. My finish is moisture resistant but will react to heat. Do not microwave or use in oven or dishwasher! Clean with mild detergent and wipe dry with soft towel. If you ever encounter a craftsmanship issue, I will fix it or replace it. You will pay only for shipping. I'm also available to help you maintain the look of your piece. Hey, if you break it I might try some Japanese Kintsugi in the cracks.