MEMBER NEWS: Tom Willing, Lake Oswego, OR - As the wood turns
Thursday, December 17, 2015
LAKE OSWEGO REVIEW:Tom Willing, Lake Oswego, OR - As the wood turns (12/17/2015)
Tom Willing admits he prefers seeing wood in the form of a tree.
But the next best thing may be the bowls, spheres, vases — and even ice scream scoopers — that the Lake Oswego artist creates from pieces that are often diverted from scrap bins and landfills. Many of those works are on display now at the Arts Council of Lake Oswego's Holiday Gallery.
"In terms of sales, exposure and meeting interesting arts people, it's better than ever," Willing said of the show, which continues through Dec. 23. A Community Treasure Hunt, featuring 60 porcelain ornaments hidden throughout town, has helped draw art lovers to the gallery at 510 First St.
"The ornament hunt has created a lot of buzz," Willing says. "It's fun trying to hide ornaments without anyone seeing you."
It's also fun to turn waste from other local artisans, cabinet shops and lumberyards into works of art, Willing says, and he should know: He's been working with wood since he was 10 years old, when his father first let him stand by as he worked on his lathe.
"I started at Daddy's elbow and never looked back," Willing says.
After turning out works of wood in every possible way, Willing became entranced by woodturning several years ago. Today, he is a member of the Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild, Northwest Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners, turning out beautiful pieces made from maple, walnut, madrone, myrtlewood, holly, dogwood, hornbeam, plum, pear, apple, cherry, lilac and more.
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