Turning a piece of wood is a bit of an adventure because I never know for certain what may be inside. There may be an exciting swirl of grain or rotten wood or bark. As I carve into a block I am interacting with the wood to create the final form. I have never made two identical pieces. Each piece is a unique combination of nature and artistic nurture plus turning skill.
I enjoy deciding if a piece is going to be straight or curvy or angular or all of the above. I am also conscious of the fact that I can create objects of beauty with minimal environmental impact. Trees that are removed because of old age or disease or construction. Even the electricity to run my lathe is 100% renewable. Tree care companies know to bring me their most interesting wood rather than take it to the dump.
My pieces can be admired empty or used for keys, nuts, salads etc. If you ever lose a favorite tree give me a call so I can make a lovely memory piece out of the trunk. I hope the results show I enjoy collaborating with nature!