Artist’s Statement

Taking up woodturning was not something I started “out of the blue”. Having worked with woods for over forty years has given me a genuine appreciation for its beauty as well as the difficulty in producing a fine end result.  One time at a friend’s house I saw a small gnarly manzanita bowl that took my breath away and at the same time said to me ‘you can do that’. Five years later, the enjoyment produced by taking a piece of burl, stump or just plain log continues to drive me to seek  beauty through form.

When I am in my shop usually there is music in the background,  a common attribute for many artists in whatever medium they work. It must be the rhythm. Music has been an important part of my entire life. I played the cello and bass for many years and learned the value of repetition from playing etudes and scales ad nauseum . They looked so easy, but to do them well required endless hours of practice. This same repetitive process has transferred itself to my woodturning. Like that first manzanita bowl, the time required to produce a quality piece is earned over time from practice, practice and more practice.

When you view my work, either in person or on my website, you will see few pieces that are similar, as I primarily work with stumps and burls, which many times simply would have been added to a burn pile elsewhere. My challenge is to take these pieces and turn them into something esthetically pleasing. For within each new piece generally there resides real beauty if you study and follow the character of the wood to a logical end point. Not everyone will like all or perhaps any of my work, but I spend an appreciable amount of time studying the wood before and during the turning process in an attempt to produce something pleasing to the eye.


9 thoughts on “Artist’s Statement

    Larry singer said:
    June 26, 2010 at 4:07 AM

    Ron, I like your art and your website…I look forward to viewing a collection of your work next month in your first show of the year…enjoy yourself!

      threebearsturner responded:
      June 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM

      Thank you Larry.

        Vonnie sims said:
        August 6, 2021 at 8:22 PM

        Hi my name is vonnie sims I live in Billings. I have a question as to whether or not you would be interested in buying a crabapple tree with large burls on it. I see on our site you work with burls so I was curious as if buy from private sellers. I have photos if you would like to see them. Thank you for your time.

        threebearsturner responded:
        August 6, 2021 at 8:44 PM

        Look forward to what you have for sale

    keith trotman said:
    July 28, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Hello Ron .Now I see your work I must keep an eye out for an engaging stump .Perhaps from down under ? .Keith

      threebearsturner responded:
      July 29, 2010 at 3:08 AM

      Keith, thanks for taking the time to look at the site. As you can see I am having fun. There is some great Aussie wood, but the freight kills you and I use large pieces. Take care.

    Judy said:
    January 24, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Hey Ron
    Peter told me about your website.
    Your work is really beautiful!

    Cousin Judy UK

    Vivian Bridaham said:
    September 24, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Ron , I loved seeing your work at the Danforth Gallery last night. I particularly liked the burl bowl, so beautiful. Keep turning on your mountain. Best, Vivian

      threebearsturner responded:
      September 24, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Vivian, I know you meant Visions West, when you came from the Danforth opening. Glad you enjoyed them.

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