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Here is my Woodturning!
By Mark Heatwole
Annandale, VA

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I have been a hobby woodworker all of my adult life and have completed numerous hardwood projects, including grandfather clocks, which I made for my three married sons. About 10-12 years ago I bought a Mini Lathe and have never looked back. Now woodturning is my first love.

I am a member of the Capitol Area Woodturners club, near Washington D.C. Here, I have obtained invaluable guidance and advice from experienced members and professional demonstrators.

I find each woodturning project to be both a challenge and a joy. I attempt to turn each piece to enhance its beauty and highlight the natural affects that occurred to the wood as the tree grew. Such things as unique wood grain, insect damage, wind stress, and voids make for interesting pieces.

I have a small shop in the unfinished part of my basement in Annandale, Virginia. Although it is too small and my wife has to put up with a lot of dust, we make it work for us.

Below are some of my projects:
10.5" x 6.5" Spalted Maple Hollow Form

The maple log in the project above was rescued from the firewood pile. The piece had a small rotten center and voids throughout, which made it a challenge to turn.

Azalea Nest on a Maple Plaque

The Azalea root ball was envisioned as an artistic bowl, but it was too small. As a result, it became a wall plaque. The eggs are blue-stained maple.

As shown by the second picture above, this segmented maple and cherry hollow form contains a hidden ring cup.

5" x 5" Burled Maple

In the project above, note the crosscut walnut shell stabilizing the crack.

13" x 24" Hollow Form Family

This series was turned from a maple tree figured by the ambrosia beetle. By looking closely you can see the beetle marks on each of the three pieces. Generally, evidence of ambrosia beetle marks are not known until after the tree has been cut.

15" x 10" Assorted Hardwoods

The flower hardwoods include maple, walnut, cherry, and purple heart. Note that the maple stems were steamed and pressed in a form to make the curves. Everything is mounted on a cherry log.

Assorted Hardwood Nesting Boxes

Note that all the boxes (each made from a different hardwood) fit together into the largest box. This piece is called "Nesting Boxes on the Stairway to Heaven."

Mark can be reached directly via email at wdwkheat@gmail.com . You can view more of his work by visiting his Instagram Page .

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