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Bio
Born 1939, pro actor (1960-1970) woodworker since 1970. Started in business in West Los Angeles 1971 (built a tiny shop on friends store's asphalt parking lot) as a custom woodworker. Expansion/growth involved a 400 sf store-front shop, 1200 sf studio, then a 10,000 sf facility in North Hollywood, CA. After 10 years (1977-1987 in the big shop) I had 10-15 more or less skilled woodworkers on the payroll, more business than I could handle, and more headaches and frantification then I could bear. So I sold my furniture making business, built a 1,000 sf shop behind my house (where neighbors had swimming pools!) and have enjoyed being a one man band since, specializing in my first love which was wood turning. I decided to go all the way and leaped into the field of complex and ornamental turning, producing for local builders, furniture makers, lamp manufacturers and a lot of custom work for film/tv studios and decorator/designers in the area. I became a total gearhead, modifying a Hapfo lathe I'd bought in 1981 (to do copy moulding...think gunstocks) and an American Imperial lathe I bought around 1985-6 (to do complex turning...flutes, twists and such). In 2005 I sold my CA house and bought a rural (not rustic!) place in MI near my home town of Muskegon, built a 1500 sf shop where I am happily turning wood and enjoying this ride. Am delighted to join this group, looking forward to meeting new friends, sharing knowledge and learning! I'm a woodturner by vocation, making almost any and all kinds of turned wood objects on my lathes. I've made things as small as push-pins and as large as columns (26 feet tall for a government building in California). I'm often responsible for designing and crafting architectural turned parts such as stair balusters and newel posts, furniture parts such as legs, pedestals, stretchers, lamps and lighting fixtures, spindles of all sorts, simply turned or embellished with flutes, spirals or other ornamentation. My wood turning ranges from the mundane (such as tool handles) to the artistic; seven of my 'lathe art' works are in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art:

http://collections.lacma.org/node/186788

and other institutions as well as many private collections. Because I thoroughly enjoy what I do, I'm constantly looking for new turning opportunities. I'm creating something fun, decorative and useful for people to enjoy, making a little green to stay on the planet, and having a whole lot of fun in the process.


Male, Born on February 3

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