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 dedicated the last five years to an immersive study of 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 typically salvage from construction scrap heaps, local arborists, or forest foraging. 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

AVAILABLE PIECES

Currently available pieces are pictured below, images may be clicked for an enlarged view. For additional information on a piece, or to order please email me providing your contact information and the description of the bowl in which you are interested. 

Nested Maple Burl

Nested Maple Burl

These three pieces are a nested set cored from a single Maple Burl. The pieces are winged, showcase some pretty stunning grain pattern and have a natural edge with retained bark. These are currently on exhibit at the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery in Sandwich

Nested Set of Yew Bowls

Nested Set of Yew Bowls

The beautiful Yew Wood is showcased in this nested pair of bowls. The largest is 13" in diameter, the smaller just over 8.5" in diameter. These pieces are currently at the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery in Sandwich.

Maple Burl, Nested Set

Maple Burl, Nested Set

Maple Burl

Maple Burl

Salvaged New Hampshire Maple Burl, turned and hollowed. Finished piece stands just over 8" in height, 9" in diameter. Irregular rim, natural edge, retained bark and fantastic grain pattern.

Ancient Elm Bowl

Ancient Elm Bowl

Iron Wood Burl

Iron Wood Burl

Salvaged in New Hampshire this burl is an example of Iron Wood, also known as Horn Beam. Finished piece measures 7" in diameter and showcases a natural edge with retained bark. This piece is on exhibit at the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery in Sandwich.

Yew Bowl

Yew Bowl

Yew Bowl

Yew Bowl

Yew is known for its amazing color and this piece does not disappoint. Retained bark on the underside of the bowl. This piece is currently on exhibit at the Tuftonboro Free Library

Pine Wood Vessel

Pine Wood Vessel

This piece of salvaged pine was turned and hollowed into a vessel form, I was inspired by ancient earthen pottery. The irregular neck, and lovely colors make this piece truly special. This piece is currently on exhibit at the Tuftonboro Free Library

Walnut Bowl

Walnut Bowl

This piece showcases the beauty of Walnut wood. This bowl is turned to 11" in diameter. It is currently on exhibit at the Tuftonboro Free Library

Quilted Big Leaf Maple Bowl

Quilted Big Leaf Maple Bowl

Quilted Big Leaf Maple bowl turned with a classic shape. A "technically perfect" turned bowl, this piece is very thin - 1/8 inch thickness throughout. It is turned with a classic shape to showcase the beauty of this wood. This piece is currently on exhibit at the Tuftonboro Free Library

Clam Shell Bowl

Clam Shell Bowl

Clam Shell Bowl. This piece truly makes an artistic statement. It was turned and hollowed from local New Hampshire White Birch, and adopted the name "clam shell" due to its shape. The piece retains its natural edge which was treated with a burnt finish. This piece is currently on exhibit at the Tuftonboro Free Library

Olive Wood Vessel

Olive Wood Vessel

Olive wood salvaged from California, transformed into a hollowed vessel form. This piece is currently on exhibit at the Tuftonboro Free Library

Ancient Redwood

Ancient Redwood

Cherry Burl, Nested Set

Cherry Burl, Nested Set

Cherry Burl Hollowed Vessel

Cherry Burl Hollowed Vessel

Ethically salvaged in New Hampshire, this Cherry Burl was turned and hollowed. The shape was inspired by ancient pottery. Features several natural voids and pretty stunning grain pattern.

Petite Presentation Bowls

Petite Presentation Bowls

These small bowls are turned to 5 1/4 inch width and sit up on a small pedestal. Perfect for highlighting a food course, or for use as a salt bowl in a chef's kitchen. Wood choices include South American Leopardwood and New Hampshire Maple.

Bay Laurel Vessel

Bay Laurel Vessel

This piece of Bay Laurel was hollowed into a vessel form. The wood was salvaged in California and resulted in a beautiful shape. The piece showcases a stunning grain pattern, with a natural edge rim.

Claro Walnut Bowl

Claro Walnut Bowl

West coast Claro Walnut has been turned into a bowl measuring just over 5.5' in diameter. Lovely walnut grain pattern, and a few natural voids make this piece special.

Olive Wood Bowl

Olive Wood Bowl

This piece of California sourced Olive Wood was turned to 1/8" thickness and is finished with a burnt natural edge. Stunning color and grain pattern due to interplay of heartwood and sapwood.

Curly Maple Bowl

Curly Maple Bowl

Curly Maple Bowl turned from reclaimed New Hampshire Maple. Turned with clean lines and to 1/4" thickness, it measures 5 1/2 inches in diameter.

 

GALLERY

The Gallery showcases pieces that are no longer available, or have been sold. Many of my pieces are truly one of kind.  This is attributed to the fact that unique wood grain patterns can not be replicated and certain wood types are rare with limited availability.

 

If there is a gallery piece in which you have an interest, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss if a similar piece could be commissioned.

Claro Walnut

Claro Walnut

Olive Wood Vessel

Olive Wood Vessel

Pedestal Platter with Maple Top and Walnut Base

Pedestal Platter with Maple Top and Walnut Base

Cherry Platter

Cherry Platter

Redwood Vessel

Redwood Vessel

White Oak Burl

White Oak Burl

Ancient Redwood Platter

Ancient Redwood Platter

White Birch Burl, Turned and Hollowed

White Birch Burl, Turned and Hollowed

Old Growth Redwood

Old Growth Redwood

Award Winning Maple Burl

Award Winning Maple Burl

Maple Burl

Maple Burl

Leopardwood Square Bowl

Leopardwood Square Bowl

Set of 8 Ambrosia Maple Chargers

Set of 8 Ambrosia Maple Chargers

Mulberry Vase

Mulberry Vase

Poplar Burl

Poplar Burl

Maple Burl

Maple Burl

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

Walnut Platter

Walnut Platter

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

Cat's Paw Maple Burl

Cat's Paw Maple Burl

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