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.
Annual SHOWS & events:
Gathering of the Guilds: Portland, Oregon, Annually in April/May
Vancouver Recycled Art Show: Vancouver, Washington, Annually in June
Art in the Pearl: Invited Demo Artist with Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild, Labor Day Weekend
Local 14: Portland, Oregon, Member, Annually in October.
Rain Spark Gallery: Lake Oswego, Oregon, Annually in November - December
Invitational shows & exhibits in Northwest Oregon:
Portland Audubon Wild Arts Festival, Portland, Oregon, 2018
Guest Artist, Lake Area Artists Annual Show, Lake Oswego, OR, 2017
Best Fine Art Sale Ever, Bend, Oregon: 2015, 2017, 2018
Celebrate the Gifts, Calvin Presbyterian Church, Tigard, Oregon: 2014, 2015, 2016
“Spoon”, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 2013
“From the Roots Up”: 510 Museum and ARTspace, Lake Oswego, Oregon, 2016