Welcome to my personal woodturning website! On the gallery page here you’ll find a fairly extensive gallery of work available, along with prices (which include all taxes and shipping costs via U.S. Priority Mail). As has long been the case, all profits from all woodturning sales benefit humanitarian organizations working in greater Sudan, with a particular focus in the impoverished and marginalized region of Darfur in the west this vast country of 43 million people.
Presently, Covid-19 is poised to devastate not just Darfur but other regions of the country. The focus of my recent contributions has been two fine organizations, Oxfam America and the International Medical Corps. I also support smaller, individually organized humanitarian efforts in Darfur, utilizing contacts made over 20 years of works on behalf of the country as a whole. Prophylactic measures, hygiene, testing for the virus, contact tracing—all are in critically short supply. And the medical system in Sudan as a whole, particularly the marginalized regions on the periphery, is woefully inadequate in ordinary times. Amidst the pandemic, they will soon be overwhelmed. Like many countries in Africa, Sudan has been late to see a surge in cases—but it has begun now.
Another humanitarian undertaking is to provide psycho-social treatment for the girls and women of Darfur who have been the victims of savage. ethnically-target sexual violence over the past 17 years. My project, described on the "blog" page of this site, grows out of substantial research on this grim subject, and there are now eight trained midwives in Zamzam camp who are providing the only dedicated psycho-social services for rape and sexual violence anywhere in Darfur. (Also see "blog" page for updates on work to date.)
My woodturning career began as a teenage, but a long hiatus began with college, graduate school, and a professional career as Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College, and raising a family. But in the early 1990s I resumed turning, and have been honing my skills and refining my aesthetic ever since (alas, with a six-year hiatus for leukemia treatment).
I work in smaller forms than most professional woodturners, but prices are correspondingly lower. I do, of course, turn large items—some up to 13 inches in diameter and 10 inches in height. But high-quality turning wood has become increasingly expensive, and I like the demands of the smaller scale in which I work. The perfectionist in me in particular loves a chance to make a perfect hollow form of Buckeye Burl, perhaps my favorite turning wood, but also increasingly difficult to come by. I love the absolute precision required for true inlay work, especially with African Blackwood, the premier wood for detail work, including both inlays and finials, with which I am fascinated.
Finally, inspired by a recent visit to the Museum of Scandinavian Design in Copenhagen, I’ve begun to create mobiles. Spheroids of Buckeye Burl are suspended by a strong thread—in perfect balance—from either poplar struts or thin steel wire, curled to an attractive shape.
All the turnings that appear in my photo gallery here are for sale. Prices, along with dimensions, are indicated, and payment may be made by PayPal / credit card. Simply copy and paste the title of the specific woodturning in the appropriate box, along with the price. Shipping by USPS Priority Mail is free in the U.S.; for purchases by those in Canada and Europe, please email me for an estimate of shipping costs.
I display several photographs per woodturning; I’m happy, however, to send additional photos from different angles—just email me a request: