I have been working with my hands as far back as I can remember. I have always been curious about the way things are made. Early on, I took things apart to see if I could put them back together and found I was mildly successful.  My creative background encompasses everything from high school woodshop and ceramics classes, where I was always using conventional methods to make not so conventional pieces, to constructing and painting custom cars and helicopters.

After building some bookcases, with nothing more than a circular saw a router and a book, I decided to focus my energy on woodworking. While acquiring the necessary shop tools, I started (and for the most part) completed various “flat work” projects for my own home.

Sometime around 2005 I saw a used lathe advertised and I convinced myself that I could learn to turn wood. I have always felt that with a book or a video and by asking a few questions, I can do anything. I started with a set of basic tools, my Grizzly lathe and a large wooden dowel that I bought at Home Depot. Amazingly, I didn’t hurt myself and managed to turn the dowel into a dowel with some cuts and grooves. I then decided I could turn a pen and then a bowl.

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Picasso

After we attended our first “Turning Southern Style” symposium, held each fall in Georgia, my wife decided that I needed to upgrade my lathe.  Who was I to argue? My current lathe is a Powermatic 3520 (the Mustard Mistress as she is fondly referred to). Having a good lathe has allowed me to explore turning larger pieces as well as to improve the quality of what I turn.

Woodturning is a vortex that pulls you in farther and farther. I was halfway finished with a new bed for our bedroom when I got my lathe. The pieces are still sitting in the shop. Each time I turn something new, I excitedly show my wife and she says “that looks nice, when is my bed going to be finished”?     Soon………………………..

My eye for texture, color and “line” is based on my own experiences and by studying the work of others.

I have been fortunate to receive instruction from David Marks, Sam Maloof, Mark Silay and many more fine wood turners, woodworkers and craft persons.

I have always embraced a “why not” attitude when it comes to the things I create. I like to use figured wood, exposing the amazing grain. I am intrigued by unusual forms and use of color and will continue to experiment as well as produce more conventional items.

I will add new items to the gallery as they are completed. I am not a production turner, each item, even if similar is different from every other in some way. If you are interested in any of the items you see or would like something made, please e-mail me or use the provided contact sheet.

My wife has encouraged me to sell some of my work. She says “beauty should be shared”. I think she wants some of her counter and shelf space back.

menubowls vesselsplates & platterspeppermillsall the resttables & chairscabinetscontact us
Created by Paul Senn  2011