Wine Starters and Stoppers

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Signature Series

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Southern Highlands Craft Guild

• Allenstand, Asheville, NC
• Southern Highlands Craft Gallery, Asheville, NC
• Guild Craft, Asheville, NC
• Parkway Craft Center, Blowing Rock, NC

Mountain Mist Gallery, Cashiers, NC

Woodlands, Hendersonville, NC

Smitten, Highlands, NC

Foundation Woodworks, Asheville, NC

The Bascom, Highlands, NC

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Artist Statement

Woodworking has always been a part of my life, but what else would you expect from a Carpenter? I have been a homebuilder since the mid 70’s and built furniture and sculpted in wood in my spare time. Since 1999, my passion has been turning wood. With a creative eye and an ever-expanding knowledge of wood, I am always watching for those special trees or parts of trees that may someday become a unique turning. There are few things better than finding a burl and figuring out the best way to turn it into one or more pieces of artwork. Beyond creating “normal or natural” bowls, I enjoy experimenting with new shapes and forms to help me release the natural or not so natural beauty of a piece of wood. The final step in the creation process is the finish that will protect and enhance the wood without making a statement of its own. A finished turning will highlight the beauty of the wood, in a shape that is pleasant to the both sight and feel.


Married to Adelaide with 2 children Hayley and Aubrey1975 Graduate of Clemson University, College of Architecture
1975 to 1979 New South Builders – Owner, Carpenter, Supervisor, etc.1979 to 1985 Central Contracting Corp. – Designer, Supervisor, Job Coordinator, Estimator.1985 to Present President/Founder Carpenter Built, Inc. a custom homebuilder in the Seneca-Clemson area.2003 to 2013 Owner of The Arts Company, An American Craft Gallery in Greenville, SC
Awards and Shows as a Sculptor
1975 Honorable Mention Guild of South Carolina Artists. “Aging Woman” sculpture purchased by the South Carolina Art Commission as part of the State Collection.1975 Sculpture exhibited in the Southeastern Painting and Sculpture Competition in Winston-Salem, NC.1976 Sculpture exhibited in the Spring Exhibition sponsored by the Greenville Artist Guild.
Professional Activites: Home Builders Association (HBA)
HBA of Oconee
– President 1989 – 1990
– Board of Directors 1986 to 2002
– Since 1991, have received the Builder of the Year award 3 times
HBA of South Carolina
– President 1995
– State Legislative Chair 1992,1993,1994,1996
– State Membership Chair 1991
– State Director from 1989 – Life Director
2004 Inducted into the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame, for lasting contributions made to housing in SC.
2004 Receive the Order of the Palmetto, Highest award presented to a citizen in South Carolina.

Awards, Shows and Exhibits as a Woodturner
Southern Highland Craft Guild, Juried Entry February 2003Carolina Foothills Artisan Center, Chesnee, Juried Entry September 2000South Carolina Artisan Center, Walterboro, Juried Entry October 2000North Charleston Arts Festival (Juried Entry) May 2001Highland Hardware Juried Exhibit of Turned Objects, August 2001South Carolina Palmetto Hands Traveling Craft Exhibition, 2001 – 2002

Blue Ridge Arts Council, Juried Show 2002 – 2010

Blue Ridge Arts Council, Juried Show 2004, Merit Award; 2010 Best of Show 3-D

Anderson County Arts Center, Annual Juried Show, 2002 – 2012

Anderson County Arts Center, Annual Juried Show 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 Merit Awards

Pickens County Museum Juried Show 2002 – 2011

Pickens County Museum Juried Show 2009 – Second Place in Show, Purchase Award; 2010, 2011 Merit Awards

Spring Jubilee, Pendleton, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012

One-man show – Fran Hansen Discovery Center, Clemson, May – June 2002 & November – December 2007

Art in the Park, Greenville, SC, 2002, 2003

Anderson County Arts Center, Earth Wood & Fire Show, Oct – Nov 2005

Rural Roots: Appalachian Woodworks – Transylvania County Arts Council – June 2005

Pickens County Museum, Drawing with Wood, Nov 2006 – Feb 2007

Anderson County Arts Center, Fine Craft Exhibit, Nov – Dec 2007

Blue Ridge Arts Council, Wood Works Show, Nov – Jan 2006

American Association of Woodturners, Maple Medley, 2010

Anderson County Arts Center, Contemporary Craft, Jan – Feb 2011

American Association of Woodturners
Carolina Mountain Woodturners
Volunteer Activities
Carolina Mountain Woodturners, President 2004-2006, Treasurer 2001-03, 2007-08 – Created CMW’s – “TLC” – Turning Learning CenterAmerican Association of Woodturner, Board of Directors, Treasurer 2010 -2012 – Trustee – CMW Education EndowmentServed on the OMH Foundation Board as Treasurer 2003 to 2006 – Created the “Tree of Life” & “Limb of Life – Cottingham House (Hospice), Seneca 2007, 2010

Blue Ridge Arts Council, Board 2004-2010, President 2008-2009, Board 2016-2021, Founded and Chaired POP Open Studio Tour, 2008-2009

Downtown Seneca Merchants Association, President 2004-2008 2004 Created “Downtown Go Round” for Historic Downtown Seneca

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Mailing Address: 234 Heartwood Dr. Seneca, SC 29672


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Quilts & Sculptures Pieces

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Natural Edged Bowls

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Natural Edged Bowls

My primary focus is turned objects from solid pieces of wood. I am driven by the challenge of finding the beauty and uniqueness in a piece of wood. Burls or crotch of a tree have those qualities, but often the natural coloration and shape of the many trees provide me with the canvas to create a beautiful turning. To make a purchase, email me at  View Gallery

Signature Series

As a turner, I was looking for ways to fix imperfections in turned pieces. One day while slicing walnuts for a basket maker, I found just what I was looking for, a natural object the could be inserted in place of the defect and add beauty to the piece. The walnut can be added into the edge of a piece or the piece can be reshaped using the walnut as a feature. To make a purchase, email me at  View Gallery

Quilts & Sculptural Pieces

My first quilt was inspired by a piece created by a blacksmith friend, Griz Hockwalt. His quilt hangs in our home. I used unique slices of cherry burl that were suspended in frames. While working with quilters on a show for a gallery, other ideas began to flow for ways I could add color and patterns to my quilts. Some of these quilts included turning and others did not. While working on the quilt series, I would laminate pieces that I was creating to slice into panels for the quilts. These larger pieces inspired me into returning to my roots in sculpture. By cutting, turning, and combining these laminated blocks, I was able to create 3 dimensional pieces that I find very intriguing to my eyes. View Gallery

Wine Starters and Stoppers

While preparing wood for turning bowls, there are many pieces of wood and burl that are just not suited for bowls, but to beautiful to toss in the burn pile. I save these piece for wine “starters” and stoppers.  The name wine “starter” is a creation of my humor…It has a corkscrew hiding inside and you can start on the wine until you get the cork out! To make a purchase, email me at  View Gallery

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