As a child, Kathleen was introduced to woodturning by her father. She was fascinated as chips flew off the spinning wood. It wasn’t until after his death that she first attempted, rather unsuccessfully at first, to turn something on the lathe she’d inherited from him.
“Many of the woods I use are from trees that have been cut down due to disease or to make way for construction. This is wood that would otherwise be burned or end up in a landfill,” Kathleen explains. “To me, it is exciting to find the hidden beauty in a chunk of wood. Even a very plain piece of wood offers design opportunities. When working with plain woods, I often enhance the wood by carving or burning. My carved and burned designs mimic textures and patterns found in nature.
“Each piece I turn has to have a balance between touch, shape, proportion, and any embellishments. I have recently started turning very thin (2mm) bowls and piercing a design into them with a high speed dental drill.
Much as I enjoy turning by myself, what gives me the greatest satisfaction is showing children the magic of woodturning when the Guild appears in shows around the area.”
Kathleen demonstrates woodturning with the Guild at Art in the Pearl, the Vancouver Recycled Arts Festival, the Cark County Open Studios Tour, and the Gathering of the Guilds. In 2015, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Woodturners. Her work is available in several local galleries.