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HOTTY TODDY: Holiday Marketplace Spotlight: Jeremy Williams Woodturning (11/03/2017)

Monday, November 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Jeremy Williams has been working with wood since February 2011. Though he is mostly self-taught, he attends some demonstrations and woodworking expositions to keep his mind fresh and the ideas flowing.
 
According to Jeremy, woodturning is a sweet science. It is a narrow, but deep niche in the world of woodworking. Often a piece is not suitable for anything except burning or turning, and the most beautiful things can be made from wood that was destined for the fireplace. His approach to woodturning is inspired by Michelangelo. He said the final piece was enclosed in the block of stone, and he only had to remove everything that wasn’t it. The unique qualities of wood are almost always also exemplified in the woodturner himself. In some ways, woodturning goes against some of the general basics of other types of woodworking. Jeremy loves turning against the grain.

He prefers shapes and designs that feature gently sloping curves and give the impression that they extend beneath the table. He uses any kind of wood from domestic to foreign types and from fresh cut wood to pieces rescued from the burn pile. Within trees, wood often distorts itself and creates burls, crotch wood, knots, etc. While these occurrences are often considered undesirable, Jeremy enjoys turning pieces with these “imperfections” to show what lies beneath. His pieces are never stained, just finished to bring out the natural colors and grain of the wood.  

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