Detail of Oak Bowl
Life of a Walnut Bowl
My love for wood began more than 25 years ago when I was given a wooden bowl that was my Great-Grandmother’s. That bowl is more than 100 years old and is still used and lovingly cared for in my home.
There are many types of wood to choose from when it comes to creating a piece of art or for functional use that will enhance a design idea. It could be based on the type of wood, the grain, the color, or if it’s spalted.
Each piece that I make is custom designed and handcrafted. Do you have a special piece of wood or a specific type of wood that you would like a one of a kind heirloom piece? Let us know we’ll be happy to create it for you.
Memberships & Associations
Montgomery County Woodturners (MCW), President 2016 – Present
Montgomery County Carvers (MCC), Member
American Association of Woodturners (AAW), Member
Women in Turning (WIT), Member
Capital Area Woodturners (CAW), Member
Partnering & Volunteering
Wounded Warrior Project – Montgomery County Woodturners (MCW) is assisting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda in their efforts to provide therapy to Wounded Warriors who are being cared for at Walter Reed and are in the final stage of recovery prior to returning to their units. MCW, in cooperation with the Wood Workers Club (WWC), provides basic instruction in various aspects of woodturning followed by MCW Member Volunteers providing guidance as the Warriors craft pens for themselves.
Beads of Courage – MCW members donate handmade boxes to Johns Hopkins Hospital Children’s Oncology Department in Baltimore, MD through Beads of Courage, a nonprofit that provides innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs to transform the treatment experience for children coping with serious illness. Through the Beads of Courage, children receive a unique bead to represent each procedure or treatment. For example, a red bead for each blood transfusion, a yellow bead for each night in the hospital, a star bead for surgery, a white bead for chemotherapy. Their collection of beads becomes a tangible record of their journey. Each wood turned box will used to hold a sick child’s precious beads.
Turn For Troops – Each year as we approach Veterans Day, Woodcraft sponsors the annual Turn for the Troops Turn-a-Thon. MCW and WWC along with many other woodturning clubs get together and volunteer to turn pens all weekend. All the pens that are crafted during this event are sent to military personnel serving overseas and those in rehabilitation centers.
Turning Works – MCW’s Turning Works program involves donating turned items to various charities in the local area. These bowls and other turned items will be auctioned and the funds received will be used directly for that specific charity. It is a way MCW can help give back to the less advantaged in our community