Chuck Quibell

Decorative and useful bowls turned from native and exotic woods, most from Sonoma County.

Chuck Quibell was born and raised in northern California and has two degrees in botany (BA Pomona College and PhD. Berkeley). His love of plants including their internal structure led him to a 30-year teaching career at Sonoma State University, before redirecting into fine woodworking.


Although Chuck travels the world his favorite woods are found growing in Sonoma County. Most come from trees that have been downed due to storms or cut by landscapers. From each, he chooses pieces that display their unique character and grain and from these, he designs form that delight the eye and surfaces that are enjoyed by the hand.


Chuck’s turning creates bowls with clean, elegant lines that are painstakingly sanded to create a highly polished surface - all before any finish is applied.


All pieces are then treated with a wipe-on polyurethane follows by a paste wax. He recommends using a food-grade oil (walnut or “canola”) for ongoing treatment of the insides of salad bowls.


Chuck's pieces have been juried into shows throughout Northern California. He has won the “Award of excellence for turning” at the Sonoma County Woodworkers Artistry in Wood shows, at the Sonoma County Museum, on numerous occasions between 2008 and 2016. During the last ten years, his work was shown at Art at the Source, North Coast Studio Discovery Tour and the KPFA Art and Craft Fair.


In 2008 he earned a special award “Creativity in Turning” for a collaborative piece with distinguished fiber artist Barbara 


Unfortunately, his hand-built adobe home and his shop/studio were destroyed by the 2017 Nuns Fire in Sonoma County. Since then he has been rebuilding the studio and finally, in February of 2020, he began turning again. Pieces in the 2020 Discovery Tour will represent his first new work since 2017.


Directions to Studio 15 at 46720 Pacific Woods Road, Gualala.

From Hwy1 at mile marker 1.5, turn east (uphill) on Pacific Woods Road; #46720 is the first paved residential driveway on left; studio is at top of driveway.

Studio Hours: 

TAugust 28 & 29 September 4-6
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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