I begin by sourcing wood 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 usable sized pieces. The raw wood is spun on a lathe and shaped 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 affixed to the lathe and cut to final shape and thickness. They are then meticulously sanded and finished with food safe oils. Pleasing shape and a fine satin finish are necessary complements to interesting wood.
John Beehler Studio
1120 Broadford Road #4, Hailey