April 2015 Highland Woodturning News Welcome to Highland Woodworking - Fine Tools & Education Learn more about Highland Woodworking View our current woodturning classes and seminars Woodturning articles and solutions Subscribe to Highland Woodturner


Here is my Woodturning!

by John F. Hayes Jr.
Mokena, IL

Note: click any picture to see a larger version.

I've been working with wood for the past 25 years but it's primarily been focused in creating personalized rocking horses for young people. I have always been intrigued by artistic bowl turning, but it has only been in the past 1-1/2 years that I have become serious about it. I have made art a life long hobby, sculpting with various mediums; stone lime, sand and soapstones. I throw clay as well, but my real passion has been working with woods of all types. I am lucky enough to be able to work in my hobby full-time. I am not paid to do this but I am constantly trying to achieve new techniques I've researched on "YouTube" as well as other web related informational sites available in order to better my skill sets.

I am very fortunate to have access to "burls" of different types and sizes, from Wild Cherry (aka Choke Cherry) to Oak (red and white), Curly Maple, and Ash, as well as Walnut.

My goal is to eventually become experienced enough to have my own showing at a local gallery and/or web site in the attempt to sell some of my more unique pieces. Bowls used for cookware are not what motivate me; however creating something from a gnarly piece, which shows the intricate grains, swirls, and complicated inclusions, fascinates my artistic flare. I look at every piece of wood as an opportunity to create something exciting, even the smallest piece holds so much personality and potential. I am grateful to be part of creating something unique and beautiful, in particular since it originates from nature.

You can email John at jfhayesjr@gmail.com .

Submit your own woodturnings or woodturning shop to this column! Simply SEND US PHOTOS of your woodturning projects or shop along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodturning. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit if we show your turning in a future issue!

Return to The Highland Woodturner front page

Bookmark and

Print Friendly and PDF

See Previous Newsletters Subscribe to The Highland Woodturner

Highland Woodworking Social Media Take a look at the Highland Woodworking Facebook Fanpage Check out the Highland Woodworking Twitter Feed View the Highland Woodworking YouTube Channel Read some fascinating articles on the Highland Woodworking Blog

Copyright ©2015 Highland Woodworking, Inc.

Errors regarding pricing and specifications are subject to correction.
Some items may sell out and become delayed or unavailable at the advertised price.

Highland Woodworking | 1045 N. Highland Avenue, NE | Atlanta | GA | 30306 | 800.241.6748