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Nicholas Moore: In my youth I was always attracted to wood working. Between my first bowl which was hand-carved at age 13, almost fifty years passed before turning my second on a lathe under the tutelage of maestro Avelino Samuel in St. John, USVI.
After a "brief" interruption of academics, raising a family, and a career in the financial sector that spanned 50 years, I have dedicated the last five years to an immersive study of the art of woodturning and hollowing. Through my study of the tools and techniques of woodturning, my skills have evolved from starting with a simple blank and turning a traditional bowl, to being able to source unusual raw wood, chainsaw the raw wood into a workable shape, and create turned or hollowed art forms using a Powermatic lathe.
Each piece of wood with which I work is hand selected; I typically salvage from construction scrap heaps, local arborists, or forest foraging. In turning or hollowing the wood on my lathe, I allow “each shape to emerge” and enable the tree to tell its story through the finished form. My job is to simply highlight the unique grain patterns, colors, and textures the wood offers.
I create both functional items such as bowls, vases, and platters, as well as free form art.