Jim Piper, Woodturner

Growing up in Oregon, for me, meant living in the woods. I was raised in the small town of Kerby, where my father serviced large trucks and I was surrounded by loggers. Far from coming to view wood as a commodity, I developed a love of the forest around me, and of the trees in our surrounding wilderness areas.

As an adult, I enjoyed woodworking as a hobby, while I worked as a professional photographer. I began turning wood in 2011. I continue to find woodturning both mesmerizing and obsessive. I look at trees differently than in the past. I have learned to recognize the nuances of each piece of wood that I acquire and the different characteristics of various species of wood.

I find local wood in many places—farmers uproot orchards, friends remove trees that are too big or threaten their homes, blow-down results from storms, and swaps and gifts are available with other woodturners. The wood that might be burned, dumped, or otherwise wasted, fascinates me. The woodturner’s opportunity is to help a tree live on, even when it’s uprooted from the earth.


Up coming: “The Ripple Effect” AAW Symposium Juried Show of work on this years theme of “Merging”.

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