I was over 40 when I made my first turned wood piece. Prior to that I had done some wood carving, metal fabrication, lost wax casting, weaving, and painting (while my employment kept me in offices, or coffee shops). I had also worked on a production metal lathe – though my first woodturning teacherfound that irrelevant to the process of wood turning. During a marquetryworkshop just prior to that, I asked the instructor if he had done any turning. He replied that he had not, as everyone he knew who started turning abandoned all other woodworking approaches. This was a bit prophetic in that the lathe is addictive. I do still visit the bandsaw and carving tools for fun. As turning is a subtractive process, it lends itself to creating by letting the object come out of the material, as in carving. Within the constraints of the functionality of the item, I aim to produce a simple, pleasing form that displays the inherent beauty of the particular piece of wood. I used little to no embellishment, preferring the natural colors of the wood. Most of my work is “spindle” turning, as opposed to bowl turning. With this technique, highly figured woods result in particularly intriguing patterns.