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ARTIST STATEMENT

In my youth I was always attracted to wood working. Between my first bowl which was hand-carved at age 13, almost fifty years passed before turning my second on a lathe under the tutelage of maestro Avelino Samuel in St. John, USVI.

After a "brief" interruption of academics, raising a family, and a career in the financial sector that spanned 50 years, I have now immersed myself in the art of wood turning and hollowing. Through my study of the tools and techniques of wood turning, my skills have evolved from starting with a simple blank and turning a traditional bowl, to being able to source unusual raw wood, chainsaw the raw wood into a workable shape, and create turned or hollowed art forms using a Powermatic lathe.

 

Each piece of wood with which I work is hand selected. I particularly enjoy working with burl wood and am drawn to distinctive wood that will reveal particularly interesting grain patterns. I source wood from local arborists, salvage from construction scrap heaps and forage in the forest. As a result, my pieces are truly one of a kind as unique wood grain patterns cannot be replicated and certain wood types are rare with limited availability. In turning or hollowing the wood on my lathe, I allow “each shape to emerge” and enable the tree to tell its story through the finished form. My job is to simply highlight the unique grain patterns, colors, and textures the wood offers.

 

I create both functional items such as bowls, vases, and platters, as well as free form art.

 

My pieces are found in private collections around the globe. Select tableware items are shipped exclusively to Chef Thomas Keller for dinner service at The French Laundry. My work is also shown in an annual charity exhibit benefiting the Tuftonboro Free Library's literacy efforts and capital campaign.

- Nicholas Moore

Media Coverage

July 27, 2017 - Granite State News

"A Return to the Lakes Region Spurs Local Woodworkers Creativity"

Fall, 2017 - The Laker Home

"Local Artist Returns to Roots; Ends up Turning Them"

October, 2017 - Arrow Wood Turning Press Release

Arrow Wood Turning Maple Burl Receives Competition Award

June, 2019 - Arrow Wood Turning Press Release

Tuftonboro Free Library Exhibit July 2019

November, 2019 - Arrow Wood Turning Press Release

Arrow Wood Turning Maple Burl Awarded in Competition

MY WORK

Large Yew

Large Yew

This piece was turned from English Yew Wood. The wood was salvaged from an arborist in Long Island, New York and it showcases the dramatic color and grain patterns present in Yew wood. I turned turned this piece “green” which allows for movement of the wood. This gives a magical quality to the piece as the wood is dictating its final shape. The bowl measures over 13” in diameter.

Award Winning Maple Burl

Award Winning Maple Burl

Nested Cherry

Nested Cherry

This set was cored and hollowed from a single Cherry Wood burl. The sibling pieces have lovely symmetry of grain pattern and color. Finished with a natural edge, bark left on.

Set of 8 Ambrosia Maple Chargers

Set of 8 Ambrosia Maple Chargers

Nested Yew

Nested Yew

Maple Burl

Maple Burl

Ancient Redwood Platter

Ancient Redwood Platter

Old Growth Redwood

Old Growth Redwood

Nested Maple Burl

Nested Maple Burl

These pieces were cored and hollowed from a single Maple Burl.

African Padauk 17" Platter

African Padauk 17" Platter

Cherry Trio

Cherry Trio

I turned this trio of winged bowls from a salvaged Cherry Burl. A burl forms on a tree from unsprouted bud tissue and appears as a knobby outgrowth of a tree trunk or base. Burls are rare, and they deliver extraordinary grain patterns as can be seen with these pieces. This trio was cored from a single burl, allowing you to see the symmetry of the grain pattern between the sibling pieces. Each was hand-finished on the lathe, and I retained the bark and natural edge.

Walnut Platter

Walnut Platter

Cherry Wood Burl Vessel

Cherry Wood Burl Vessel

South American Marble Wood

South American Marble Wood

Leopardwood

Leopardwood

California Redwood

California Redwood

California Redwood with Lace Grain

California Redwood with Lace Grain

Leopardwood

Leopardwood

Ambrosia Maple

Ambrosia Maple

Cherry Burl

Cherry Burl

Yew Bowl

Yew Bowl

Poplar Burl Vessel

Poplar Burl Vessel

Old-Growth Redwood

Old-Growth Redwood

I turned this bowl from a salvaged piece of old-growth California Redwood. This piece is Burl wood, likely from the root base of the tree. A burl forms on a tree from unsprouted bud tissue and appears as a knobby outgrowth of a tree trunk or base. Burls are rare, and they deliver extraordinary grain patterns as can be seen with this piece. A one-of-a-kind rarity, this piece showcases the spectacular color and grain of a Redwood tree aged well over 1,000 years.

Cat's Paw Maple Burl

Cat's Paw Maple Burl

Ironwood Burl

Ironwood Burl

Olive Wood Vessel

Olive Wood Vessel

Walnut Bowl

Walnut Bowl

Hollowed Pine Vessel

Hollowed Pine Vessel

Claro Walnut

Claro Walnut

Maple Burl

Maple Burl

Olive Wood Vessel

Olive Wood Vessel

Pedestal Platter with Maple Top and Walnut Base

Pedestal Platter with Maple Top and Walnut Base

White Birch Burl

White Birch Burl

Walnut Platter

Walnut Platter

Maple Burl

Maple Burl

Cherry Platter

Cherry Platter

Redwood Vessel

Redwood Vessel

White Oak Burl

White Oak Burl

Leopardwood Square Bowl

Leopardwood Square Bowl

Mulberry Vase

Mulberry Vase

Madrone Burl

Madrone Burl

Claro Walnut Platter

Claro Walnut Platter

The Inkwell - Old Growth Redwood

The Inkwell - Old Growth Redwood

Local New Hampshire Maple Burl

Local New Hampshire Maple Burl

White Birch Burl

White Birch Burl

Purple Heartwood Bowl

Purple Heartwood Bowl

Redwood Burl Vase

Redwood Burl Vase

Maple Burl

Maple Burl

Olive Wood Bowl

Olive Wood Bowl

Maple Burl

Maple Burl

Ash Burl

Ash Burl

Redwood Burl

Redwood Burl

Ancient California Redwood with retained bark

Pine Burl

Pine Burl

Natural Edge Maple Bowl

Natural Edge Maple Bowl

Curly Maple

Curly Maple

Maple Burl

Maple Burl

Turned and hollowed vase

Turned and hollowed vase

Walnut bowl turned with a simple form to show off this amazing wood

Walnut bowl turned with a simple form to show off this amazing wood

Hollowed Vase

Hollowed Vase

Purple Heartwood Bowl

Purple Heartwood Bowl

White Pine Platter

White Pine Platter

150 year old Apple Tree Bowls

150 year old Apple Tree Bowls

Spalted Maple Bowl

Spalted Maple Bowl

Ambrosia Maple, Trumpet Shaped

Ambrosia Maple, Trumpet Shaped

Flat Natural Edge Piece

Flat Natural Edge Piece

Ambrosia Maple Burl Vase

Ambrosia Maple Burl Vase

Ambrosia Maple Bowl

Ambrosia Maple Bowl

Spalted Maple Bowl

Spalted Maple Bowl

Cherry Platter

Cherry Platter

Cherry Burl

Cherry Burl

Maple Burl

Maple Burl

Butternut Wood Wine Bottle Holder

Butternut Wood Wine Bottle Holder

Myrtle Wood Bowl

Myrtle Wood Bowl

Curly Maple Bowl

Curly Maple Bowl

Natural Edge Bowl

Natural Edge Bowl

Oregon Black Myrtle Wood Bowl

Oregon Black Myrtle Wood Bowl

Ambrosia Maple

Ambrosia Maple

Five Nested Bowls

Five Nested Bowls

Leopard wood  bowl

Leopard wood bowl

Ash Burl

Ash Burl