Tom Haines – Wood Turnings

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Wood has had a special life-long impact on me. I grew up surrounded by furniture and other makings from my father’s shop. I was pounding nails by age five, built my first boat by age sixteen, built two racing sailboats by age twenty-eight and built all of my living room furniture to put in my first purchased home.
The characteristics of wood fascinates me. It is stronger than steel on a weight basis, works easily, looks beautiful and smells sweet.

Nature is a better engineer than any of us. Those tiny wood fibers are manufactured as if by magic from water, CO2 and sunlight. They are assembled with magic nature glue and presented to us in over 100,000 species forms we call trees. I cannot do what nature does, but I can take joy in enhancing the material. There are so many colors, textures and smells that it makes me want to run to my shop every chance I get. I cannot stop collecting those beautiful and ugly logs even beyond my capacity to turn them.

In celebration of what nature has offered me, I make the most of creating beautiful works of art, in my case through the turning of objects on my lathe. I try to enhance the beauty of this wonderful material by creating shapes that are complimentary to the magical qualities of the wood. I love to bury myself in wood shavings. Sometimes the wood is so wet that I should wear rain-gear while turning it.

The process sometimes includes creating an imagery with veneer, contrasting materials or poured epoxy. Imagine the joy of taking an ugly chunk of firewood and reconfiguring it to have artistic value. My most important tool is my creative desire to do something unique and my joy in doing it.

Contact Information:

Tom Haines
332 Tioga Ct.
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Email: tom-haines@comcast.net
Phone: 650-494-1036
Website: www.tomsturnings.com
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