Wooden Musical Instruments
Magical Wood Tuba is the first of an abstract wood turning musical instrument in the form of a Tuba. I use a wood lathe to produce the initial shape which is a long funnel. Then I slice segments from the existing form at different angles. I next reassemble the piece with twists and turns to create curves from these previous straight parts. Turners refer to this style as Segment Turning. I think of it as Freelance Turning as I was not sure how it was going to turn out or if the concept would work. To explore new ideas really excites me. Breaking out of one’s comfort zone is the only way to grow. This idea of an abstract wood turning musical instrument lead to a second instrument.
Inspiration for Building Wood Instruments
The process for my exploration of the Magical Wood Tuba began in a workshop that I took with Michael Hosaluk. He teaches how to take a symmetrical form off the Lathe and then change it Into a whimsical form at the workbench. 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 with him. 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.
My Studio Where It All Happens
I design and produce all my items in my studio is in Montvale, New Jersey, USA. My primary tool is the American Beauty, Robust wood lathe which I use to create the form. Next I go to the workbench to refine the item and add unique features. I add texture with pyrography which is a branding technique, stains, paints and finally a protective finish.