Well, folks, this is the final Artisan Spotlight for Fall into Fine Craft 2015 and it’s only fitting that it shines on this year’s show chairman, woodturner Len Baer.
What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?
I have always enjoyed working with wood as a hobbyist. Several years ago I saw someone at an arts festival making wooden boxes on a lathe. I started to research lathes and bought one shortly after that. I find working with wood very relaxing, and it is amazing how something so beautiful can be extracted from a large piece of wood. Learning about all the different types of wood – which ones cut the smoothest and which ones offer the most character – is another fascinating part of turning bowls.
If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?
If I had to choose a different medium to work in it would probably be photo art. My roommate for 2 years, when I was stationed in Ethiopia, was the base photographer. I learned some photo tricks from him that are fun to work with. We used black and white prints and some color slides of nature shots over there.
What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?
What I’m looking forward to at Fall Into Fine Craft, is having a really successful show. As this year’s show chair, I am especially proud of the increase in the number and variety of artisans and work we will be offering to the members of our community.
Find out more about Len at https://www.facebook.com/Baers-Woodturnings-362426857196390/.
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