Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Metal/Wood Artist
Originally from Ireland, I have lived in BC for over 50 years. Several years ago , I retired from Douglas College where I taught geology and was the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology. As can be seen in some of my works, I often use shells, minerals and fossils from my professional background to enhance my woodturning pieces. Most of my wood is local , largely from my garden in Belcarra where I live and have my workshop and studio. I am mostly a self taught artist, but have benefitted greatly from the ideas and support of my colleagues in the Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild and by taking workshops with many internationally known turners here and overseas.
Belcarra, BC, Canada
Samples of my work
I have been involved with working in wood for many years , making furniture and wooden sailboats and canoes. I now tend to concentrate on woodturning making a wide range of functional and more artistic nonfunctional pieces. Unlike furniture and boat construction , woodturning is often much more serendipitous in that removing the bark from a tree reveals the colour , texture and figure of the wood in a way that if often not obvious in the external appearance of the tree. This enables the artist to work with the character of the wood to best reflect the intrinsic beauty in the finished piece. While I sometimes add colour and texture to my pieces, I find that the amazing natural variations in wood speak to the finished work without the need for added embellishment. I am especially attracted to including the natural bark in my pieces.