About The Artist
Gordon Browning • Viola, WI
I make lathe-turned, blind-hollowed vessels. Each vessel is turned from a single log section—one piece, no segments. I favor clean, full-bodied curves, a small base, and a respect for the grain that suggests the log beneath. Hold a piece sideways, rock it, the change in angle should catch your breath. Vessel walls are uniformly thin for lightness and balance, and the hole at the top is finger-tip small. The finish--tung oil or beeswax--preserves the wood's natural look and invites touch.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My lathe is a now old Powermatic 3520A. For shaping I use a ground back U-shaped gouge; for hollowing I make my own tools following the Ellsworth prototype. I use bent wire as calipers for measuring wall thickness. Shaping. hollowing, and measuring can be seen on the Artist Demo video (3 minutes).