Bob Horowitz is a Northern Virginia artisan who handcrafts all his products using a high-speed lathe. He is a member of the Capital Area Woodturners and American Association of Woodturners, and is a juried member of the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild where he served as President and chair of the Standards Committee. Bob's love of woodturning began in earnest when he retired from a civilian career with the U.S. Coast Guard in 2006. Having learned the basics of woodturning before retirement at adult education classes in Fairfax County, Virginia, he began turning full time after retirement. Mostly self-taught, Bob hones his turning skills by spending many hours in his workshop experimenting with various techniques. In January 2007 he began his small business, Bob The Woodturner, and since then has been displaying and selling his creations at local juried craft shows. From 2009 to 2015 he was a member of The Artists Undertaking Gallery, a cooperative gallery in historic Occoquan, Virginia. His work can be seen at Hardwood Artisans in Shirlington, VA, and at The Artisans in McLean, VA.
In his home workshop, Bob creates wood products such as bowls, vases, platters, lidded boxes, and wine stoppers, occasionally wood-burning lighthouse and other images on his hand-turned platters. Crafting his objects mainly from local wood including cherry, maple, poplar and walnut, most of which is reclaimed from his neighborhood, he creates a shape that highlights the grain, color, bark and patterns unique to each piece of wood. Every finished piece displays its own natural beauty. Bob loves starting with a log and seeing what surprises turn up.
Each of Bob The Woodturner's finely crafted wood turnings are unique objects of art. Many customers return year after year to add to their collections. Not only are his wood turnings art, many are also utilitarian and provide years of use. Bob's wood turnings have been sought after by customers throughout the United States and many have been purchased and found homes in other countries. All of Bob's art is made in the USA.