John Beehler

ARTIST STATEMENT

I begin bysourcing interesting woods with color and interesting  grain patterns.  I usually start with wholelogs or burls.  They are first cut with a chainsaw; and then further shaped with a bandsaw into manageable sizes.

The raw wood is spun on a lathe while using handtools into roughed-out  bowls, hollow vessels, and platters.  The pieces are then waxed(to prevent cracking), and then allowed to air-dry for three to twelve months.  Once dry, the wood is re-affixed to the lathe and handtooled to final shapeand thickness.  They are then meticullously sanded and finished with food-safe oils.  a pleasing shape and a fine satin finish are necessary complements to interesting wood!

Creating heirloom quality functional/non-functional bowls and vessels is my inspiration!

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