Junkyard French Horn is an abstract wood turning musical instrument in the form of a French Horn. The lathe helped in producing the initial form which looked like a long funnel. Then the fun began. I cut segments at various angles and reassembled them with twists and turns. I was able to create curves from previously straight parts. Some may call it Segment Turning. I would call it Freelance Turning as I was not sure how it was going to turn out or if the concept would work. The exploration of new ideas really excites me. This idea of an abstract Wood turning musical instrument then lead to another idea which is really fishy.
My studio is in Montvale, New Jersey, USA. My primary tool is the wood lathe. This tool allows me the create a form whether it be a bowl, vase or a sculpture. Once a form is made I may spend many more hours at the workbench refining the piece to make it unique. It is a process that takes me to another place and is a form of meditation for me. Hours are not important when creating such a piece of wood art.
Workshop Inspiration The process for my exploration of the Junkyard French Horn began in a workshop that I took with Michael Hosulak. Michael is a master turner and artist that I have admired for many years. I have sat in on symposium classes for many years, but it was not until the fall of 2020 that I had the opportunity a participate in a hands on workshop. I refer to Michael as the Picasso of Wood Turning. He is a master turner who cuts up his pieces and then reassembles them into another form. The skills that I was able to develop over two days are going to take my work to new levels.
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