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Last updated: 4/20/2018
JoHannes M. Michelsen
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1336 Main Street, Box 562
Manchester Center,
05255  United States
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802 353 0523 (Phone)
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  Lathes, Manufacturer, Private instruction, Production turning, School, Supplies, Teacher, Tools & Tool Supplies, Wholesale, Wood Supplier, Writing
  Architectural woodturning, Bowl, Carving, Color and texture, Cremation Urn, Finials, Functional, Hollow Forms, Natural edge turning, Projects, Sculpture, Spindle, Tools and techniques, Traditional Woodturning
  DVD productions, Media Articles, Technical documents, Training documents, YouTube, Vimeo or other online video productions
  Craft Fairs, Direct, Gallery, Internet, Retail, Shows, Wholesale
  From the Heart Studios with Deb Fanelli wife jeweler
  Comtemporary Woodturners, Functional pieces, Historic Woodturnings, Other, Sculptural pieces
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  AAW/International, Local demonstrations, Regional demonstrations, Remote demonstrations
  Bowl/Platter, Specialty
  Greater than $600
  Bowl, other…, Sculpture, Tools and techniques
  My main focus for demos is Hats as the originator of woodhats a sweet know them today I feel I am well qualified to do the job of a great demo!
I will consider other focus such as hollow forms and functional items.
  AAW International symposia, Chapter meetings, Craft Schools, International symposia, Regional US symposia, Shop or studio
  5 to 8
  I started turning wood at age nine; my father bought a lathe for my brother and I when he bought a shop full of machines for our impending conversion of a barn into a house and made the statement “there you can play on this for awhile so you can keep your fingers a little bit longer. Meaning; stay away from the other machines!
Bro and I had a great time turning gifty items for our family members for a number of years. Consequently I am very skilled at doing functional items and I still do some of that to this day. Life got in the way and turning slowed to almost a stop for awhile. Traveled to Denmark where I was born to see what that was like and then a subsequent tour of duty in Viet Nam.
I picked up turning again at age 30 so I could turn the balusters and newels for the stairs I was building. Soon after I learned of the crafts world existence and I moved into natural edge bowls, once I discovered that someone was already doing that I decided I needed my own “thing”! To be original was important if I was to make a name for myself in the art world. I went into the production of large constructed Vases some of which had natural edged neck parts. These were great fun to make and they fit well with my architectural scale tendencies being the builder/stair builder that I had become. Problem was that my “thing” was too big; most collectors had neither the space nor the pocketbook for these vases.
I turned my first hat in 1990; it was a ten year old idea at that time but needed to come out and when it did it sure grabbed hold real quick---an instant hit!!! After twenty one years and 5000 hats of all sizes I am still totally enthralled by the process and will probable always make hats simply because there are hats that only I can make. I’ve given away the store on the basic hat making process but there are the nuances of shape and special materials that I find hard to “share” even with my good abilities as teacher. So I will make only the hats that my followers don’t make!
I have gone back to some vessels and am focusing on forms that I don’t see out there, mainly one piece turnings of wet wood thin as hats---my own thing!
Meanwhile I am happy and proud to be the leader of the “WoodHat Movement”
The last 10 plus years I have been reinventing some aspects of “what is a good woodturning tool” and have had some good success, I am well respected as the developer of tools that are just better. Hi-functioning and safer to use!
Bottom line is I’ve been turning wood for 64 years!
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PO Box 562
1336 Main St
Manchester Center
05255  United States
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802 362-3481 (Phone)
802 353-0523 (Mobile)
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  SPA Woodturning Artists' Guild NY, Upper Valley Woodturners VT
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