Ernie first experienced Wood-Turning in high school shop class. Wood-turning projects seemed the most creative, and were completed in a relatively short time. This was fun! Life, family and work intervened.
Nearing retirement, wood-turning seemed like a great way to have fun, provide gifts for others, and have fun!
Here I am today, a Shop/Studio full of tools, wood blanks, turnings in various stages of completion, a wood kiln to dry blanks, and lots and lots of shavings!
Wood I obtain is salvage from various kinds of tree trimming, wind damage, or other salvage. This uses a resourse that would otherwise have gone to waste.
In some cases, customers bring s special piece of wood perhaps planted by an ancestor, or was just a favorite tree that had to be removed. Special MEMORY Bowls or other keepsakes are created from this wood for the customer.
If you have a special tree or piece of wood, let me make a special keepsake bowl or other turning for you and family members.
I love sharing my knowledge of wood-turning with others. I have taught classes on how to Turn A Wood Bowl at Johnson's Workbench in Charlotte, Michigan for over 10 years. If you have been trying to turn a bowl with little success, or poor results, let me teach you how easy it can be if you use the right techniques. See the description on my Bowl Turning Class page.