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bill karow

I work mainly with local woods (maple, cherry, walnut and sycamore) that I’ve collected from around my neighborhood.

I’m always listening for the sound of an arborist’s chainsaw, hoping to save valuable wood from ending up as landfill. I’ve also dug through the dumpsters of flooring companies for “waste cuts” of mahogany and other exotic hardwoods. And now I have an army of friends who are on the lookout for freshly felled trees around the city.

One of my favorite things about woodturning is, after salvaging wood from a neighbor’s felled tree, giving them back a piece of that tree in the form of a newly turned bowl. It gives me great joy to take something that’s perceived as flawed or having little value, and elevating its signifigance and worth. Turning it into something to appreciate and respect. And turning it into something beautiful.

I am a member of Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild, Cascade Woodturners, Northwest Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Duke University and work as an advertising creative director in real life.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. I’d love to talk.

Thanks for looking.

—bk