wood in an artist’s hands

I thought you would all like to see how a big piece of Vermont Maple turns into a bowl.

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is like watching magic.

This is MY bowl that is being created. Jedd Kettler, of Kettler Woodwork, is an artist. I am lucky to have a friend such as he, am i not?

While i was visiting, Jedd seemed a bit overwhelmed with orders. Not because he couldn’t make the bowls, spoons & wine racks that had been ordered. He had control of their creation. Each piece he creates must dry, naturally. Drying time depends on the wood used. Jedd has the breathtaking talent to create art, but for each piece to be completed, he has to have the strength to walk away & allow time to aid in its completion.

Perhaps that is where the saying, “one must suffer for ones art” came from.

I was a photographer while he was turning this bowl. I shooting with very low light, my camera’s shutter closing as though slathered in glue…

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3 thoughts on “wood in an artist’s hands

  1. Great series of photos. My first real job when I was 15 years old was working for an artisan woodworker. He was transitioning from bowls to furniture, and doors when I started working for him, so I only did a little work on the lathe. There was a historic building from the late 1800’s in Corrales that housed the Territorial House Restaurant (we called it the T-House) for years and years. My first project was to help build all the furniture, doors, cabinets, and signs for the remodeling of the T-House in 1975. The style of the furnishings, cabinets, doors and signs all matched and were very unique to the T-House. There were other restaurants in the building after the T-House closed, and at the turn of this Century I played guitar for one of the restaurants that was in the old T-house building at that time. The first thing I noticed after all those years was that the furniture, cabinets, signs and doors that we built back in 1975 had survived subsequent remodels and were still in use in 2000. Then the T-House burned down in 2012. I saw broken pieces of the doors and cabinets we built in the aftermath. I’m still sad when I think about how all that work from my first job that had survived for so many years had gone up in flames and was destroyed in a matter of hours, what was left demolished and hauled off, so now all that remains is an empty lot.

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