I craft bowls, vases, platters and other hand-turned wood products. I also woodburn lighthouses on hand-turned platters. I can custom burn any lighthouse or other image for which I have a clear picture. Examples of my work are in the photo gallery (some are currently available; some are sold). Click on an image for its description.
You can purchase my wood turnings at The Artisans (www.theartisans.biz) at 1368 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA. You may also make an appointment to visit my home studio in Falls Church, VA.
I am reducing the number of art & craft shows in which I participate (for fall 2017 I will not be participating in the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild shows). Any upcoming shows will be posted on this website.
I discourage purchasing my bowls and unique pieces over the internet as I want customers to see and feel the item in person. However, I am happy to sell the smaller items, such as wine bottle stoppers, ring holders and vases, and my lighthouse platters (which can be custom made). Email me if you are interested in purchasing these items. Wine bottle stoppers make great gifts for bridesmaids and ushers, office colleagues and party favors. I accept all major credit cards.
On June 3, 2017, I demonstrated woodturning and displayed and sold my turnings at Hardwood Artisans' Annual Lemonade Social at their woodshop at 21405 Business Ct., Elkwood, VA. Many thanks to all who stopped buy and learned about woodturning.
Are my bowls food safe? Yes. According to published literature, all finishes are food safe once they cure. Some, such as the walnut oil formulation I use on my utilitarian bowls, are food safe immediately upon application. On my artistic pieces I normally apply a polyurethane. These are food safe by the time I offer them for sale.
How do you care for your bowl? The utilitarian bowl should be hand washed with dish soap and a non-abrasive cloth and dried after washing. Do not leave liquid in the bowl for long times as cracks might develop. Wood may change shape depending on humidity. If the bottom wobbles, it can be leveled by rubbing the bowl's bottom over sandpaper (220 grit recommended) taped to a flat surface. With care, the bowl should last for many years. It can be freshened up with butcher block or mineral oil. A bowl with the polyurethane finish can be damp wiped or dusted, depending on use.
Can I woodburn a custom image? Yes. I have woodburned historic houses and other landmarks. Email me an image and I will advise if I can duplicate it on a platter. Platter sizes are usually 9" to 10" in diameter.