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Here's My Woodturning!

by Mike Peace
Suwanee, GA

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I have been turning for about five years and enjoy a wide variety of turning from ornaments to hollow forms. I got hooked on turning after participating in some hands-on woodturning instruction at the shop of a woodworking friend.

I am a member of the American Association of Woodturners and active in three woodturning chapters in the Atlanta area, serving as President of one. I enjoy teaching woodturning and demonstrating at local woodturning chapters. I am active in a number of online woodturning forums. I have had a couple of articles published in Woodturning Design and several turning tips published in both the American Woodturner and Woodturning Design. I recently learned how to hand chase threads and now am working on a shop made threading jig.

I live in Suwanee, GA with my wife Barbara. Before I retired, I worked with ADP doing payroll software implementation. After a couple of years of active duty, I continued serving in the US Army Reserve for more than 20 years.

Business Card Holders

These are some business card holders I turned. The center one is a one piece business card holder of osage orange. The other two are made of three pieces.

4 Boxes

From left to right these are made of Osage orange, Bradford Pear with Walnut ring, Padauk, Osage orange with cocobolo insert. All are finished with Antique Oil.

Ginger Jar Box

This is Bradford Pear 4" X 3". I copied the form of a small porcelain ginger jar in our kitchen and came up with some original designs I burned in. It is finished in Antique Oil. I got the inspiration to do some pyrography from Cynthia Gibson's work. I am still struggling with what designs to use as well as the pyrography technique, but needed to start somewhere.

Whimsical Birdhouse Ornament

Body of zebra wood and roof of Bradford Pear with burned shingles and dyed yellow and red. Perch is brass. Made for Chattahoochee Woodturners 2011 ornament exchange.

Beaded Cherry Vessel

NE Winged Box

This was made from a scrap of sassafras burl given to me when I made a shop visit to a fellow AAW turner near my home town. The body is about 2" X 4" X 6" with a walnut lid with a handle of cocobolo. I could not make it any thinner because of the shape. The void was from a bark inclusion that went all the way through and flew off while I was turning. It is finished with urethane oil.

Dogwood NE Hollow Form

Winged Box

The body of this box is walnut and the lid is spalted dogwood.

Winged Lidded Box

I turned this from a piece of maple scrap about 2 1/8" x 1 1/8" x 7". The lid is spalted dogwood with a cherry finial dyed with india ink.

It is only a flesh wound

This was turned from green Bradford pear face grain with the pith coming through each side. It cracked so I used some craft wire from Michaels to make the crack a feature. I finished with Mahoney's Walnut Oil to give it a matte finish in keeping with its rustic nature.

3 Amigos

Three recent boxes. One on the left is Ambrosia Maple, middle one is Maple, and the one on the right is Bradford Pear with a Redheart lid.

One Piece coffee scoops

These are fun to make and give away. Some have a captive ring. The scoop portion has an inside diameter of about 1 5/8". I use a donut chuck to hold these to hollow them out after turning the ball and handle.

Platter of Bradford Pear

This platter was rough turned about six months before I finish turned it. It is 9 3/4" X 1 1/2" and textured with the Sorby spiraling tool with 2mm cutter. Finished with Antique Oil.

Coffee Scoops

Here are some two piece coffee scoops I made after getting inspiration from seeing one of Ruth Niles's scoops. I had an article on making Ruth Niles style coffee scoops published in the August 2011 issue of Woodturning Design.


This is an Ash platter with a scorched rim approx 11" in diameter. The finish is Krylon spray gloss Acrylic. I got the idea from watching Nick Cook do one of these at Southern States Symposium April 2009.

You can email Mike at or check out his woodturning blog at .

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