Tom Willing

It has been over 50 years since Oregon artist Tom Willing created his first woodturning in his father’s woodshop. Since then, he has come to focus on pieces that are sensitive to the interplay between light, form, and material.

“ Working with both native and exotic species of woods, I seek to find the visual magic within the form of each piece of timber that is waiting to be revealed.”

In addition to his sculptural display work, he designs pieces that combine the aesthetic and functional, such as bowls, pepper grinders, and platters. Willing’s work is elegantly finished on the lathe with walnut oil and beeswax, then buffed to bring out the natural luster of the wood.

Willing holds his BA degree from the University of Oregon, an MA from Ohio State University, and an MAT from Lewis and Clark University. He taught middle school in Newberg, Oregon, until retiring in 2013.

Past President and Certified Member of the Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild, he teaches woodturning techniques and is an active member of Northwest Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners. He currently serves as President of Frogwood, A 501(c)(3) Arts Education Organization.

Willing lives in the Willamette Valley with his wife, watercolor artist Mary Burgess.


Art Elements Gallery
604 E. 1st St, Newberg, OR 97132

Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery
1237 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Tumalo Art Company
450 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702

Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild

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