Welcome to Tree City Turnings, a small enterprise devoted to the art and craft of woodturning!
It started with a gift from my father-in-law of a Craftsman electric drill back in 1977. A rank novice, over the years my interest in fine woodworking steadily grew, and then he bequeathed to me his beloved Shopsmith 10ER, a multi-purpose machine that, among other things, served as a woodturning lathe. My journey into woodturning began! My story is like many aspiring woodworkers who begin making simple pieces of furniture for family and friends, gradually become more skilled, then ultimately discover the wonder of woodturning — of taking a log, putting it on a lathe, and transforming it into something beautiful and useful!
In 2016 I retired from full-time employment, and soon Tree City Turnings was born. My craftwork features bowls and other items turned from woods local to Evanston, Illinois and the surrounding area. (Evanston is officially designated as a Tree City—hence, Tree City Turnings.) Through arrangements with local tree trimmers and the City of Evanston, I take beautiful hardwoods such as maple, walnut, cherry, pear and birch, and give them new life and purpose.
My pieces are available at two Evanston locations, Shaker Traditions and Green Eden, and at the annual St. Nicholas Church (Evanston) craft fair held each December. I can also be contacted for special requests and commissions.
I am a member of Chicago Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners, and enjoy teaching the basics of woodturning as an instructor at the Evanston Art Center.