In 2002 I offered a sign up sheet for people interested in forming an association to explore and share knowledge about turning wood on a lathe. I was participating in the Blackberry Arts Festival at the time.
From this group of interested people we eventually formed a club and became associated with the American Association of Wood Turners.. This group continues to assist turners to learn and enjoy the art of turning wood.
Myrtle wood is abundant in our area and presents a wonderful opportunity to explore the beautiful colors and grain of this much sought after wood. I also enjoy maple burls and most other woods. When you work with wood, people remember you and save what they consider interesting pieces. Many wonderful projects are saved from the fireplace this way.
Through study and practice I have decided I want to bring out the bark and unusual qualities of wood. I am not content to turn just bowls. I look for the mystery in the log. I find the quirky, unusual wood pieces draw me to explore the oddities they hold.
I am a demonstrator at our monthly meetings and am always willing to share time and experiences. I have exhibited at many galleries around the area and at the Coos Art Museum.
A good day in the shop has wood shavings draped from the ceiling and knee deep around my feet. The frosting on the cake is a beautiful piece of wood on the lathe. I advocate the opportunity of South Coast Woodturners and always invite new prospective members to our club.
You can see Rick Fox’s work at the Artist Loft in Pony Village Mall in North Bend