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Here's My Woodturning!

by John Beaver
Pacific Palisades, CA

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I began turning on an old Delta lathe that I inherited and stored in the back of my shop for about 10 years. When I finally decided to try it out I didn't have any wood thick enough for turning, so I glued some pieces together and turned a small vase.

The success of that piece sparked a passion that has continued to grow for almost three years now. Along the way I have come up with a couple of unique techniques that I have developed and expanded upon.

I enjoy including a certain "how did he do that?" into my pieces while staying true to good form and design. The technical genesis of my work involves deconstructing and reconstructing turned vessels in a number of different ways while maintaining correct grain and wall alignment.

I live in Pacific Palisades, CA with my wife and two wonderful daughters. When I am not turning I enjoy Paddle Tennis, Golf, Skiing, Mountain Biking and Bocce.

Walnut and Zebrawood "Flying Rib" Vase
She Oak and Wenge "Flying Rib" Vase
Birch and Zebrawood "Flying Rib" Vase
Baltic Birch Plywood with Segmented Purple Heart Rim "Wavy" Bowl
Resin Vein Eucalyptus Burl and Dye "Recessed Wave Bowl"
Holly and Ebony "3 Wave" Bowl
Walnut and Bleach "Protruding Wave" Bowl
Sycamore and Dye "Protruding Wave" Bowl
Maple and Walnut "Beaded Wave" Bowl
Spalted Maple and Dye "Recessed Wave" Bowl
Cocobolo "Open Wave" bowl

You can email John at and check out his website at to see even more of his wood turnings.

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