John Beehler

ARTIST STATEMENT

I begin by sourcing interesting woods with color and interesting grain patterns. I usually start with whole logs or burls. They are first cut with a chainsaw and then a bandsaw into utilizable size pieces.

The raw wood is spun on a lathe and cut with hand tools into roughed-out bowls, hollow vessels and platters. The pieces are waxed and then allowed to dry for 3 to 12 months.

Once dry the pieces are re-attached to the lathe and cut to final shape and thickness. They are then meticulously sanded and finished with food safe oils.  A pleasing shape and a fine satin finish are necessary complements to interesting wood.

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