Gordon Browning


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    I began making lathe-turned, blind-hollowed vessels in 2001. Each piece is turned from a single log section. I favor full-bodied, parabolic 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 This Artist

    A: I make lathe-turned, blind-hollowed vessels. Most of my wood is salvage; my work starts with raw logs and a chain saw. I have been working with wood from North and Central America, the Caribbean, and, after a trip to Africa, African timber.

    A:  I have worked with other materials, but I've always come back to wood. DNA, OCD ?

    A: The small hole and the small base receive a lot of attention. No one –nationally or internationally— works with a hole this small.

    A: The American Association of Woodturners is dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide by providing opportunities for education, information, and organization. It posts forums for how-to questions and galleries of photos of members current work, and supports an annual national symposium, which, in fact, is international. Woodturning is not just a personal hobby; it provides a whole new venue for social bonding.

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