My inspiration began several years ago with a simple, natural edge aspen bowl purchased at a Montreal gallery. Shortly afterwards when I expressed interest in woodturning, my wife bought me a lathe for my 50th birthday. I soon began experimenting with several varieties of wood including maples, walnut, oak, koa, cherry and purple heart. I’ve also been implementing inlays using leather, metal powders such as copper, nickel and brass, as well as paints and dyes. As a means of creative expression, I find the art of woodturning very rewarding. A side benefit is making some meaningful friendships with other guild members and association members who are supportive, offering valuable tips from their own personal experiences.