Amy has a passion for wood turning that began when she was a young girl. Her parents were missionaries, and if they needed something they often had to make it themselves. Thus, her father was a wood turner by necessity – though he considered it too dangerous to allow his daughter to try it. Nonetheless, Amy was drawn to wood turning.
Then in 2016, Amy decided it was time to purchase a lathe and take a wood turning class at Woodcraft in Toledo – and she was off from there. She began with spindle turning, and eventually progressed to turning bowls. She ended up teaching at Woodcraft for four years, mastering her technique.
Amy might have a plan for a given piece, but she often allows the character of the wood to guide her final designs. She prefers to work with wood that has a tighter grain, such as cherry, walnut or maple, or even more exotic woods such as purpleheart or zebrawood. She has also incorporated a laser, which she uses for cutting and engraving, into her work.
You can find Amy’s work at Inspired Mindz in Bowling Green, as well as at various art shows in the area.
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