Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Work - Deborah and Jerry Kermode

Deborah sent along some stunning photos of their new work with old growth Redwood, salvaged from Northern California. 

Here is more about the unique and beautiful wood used to create these pieces-

"Our current source is old-growth redwood cut in the late 19th century in the Eureka area of Northern California.  Because of the wavy grain often found in the lower section of the trees, the stumps, sometimes as tall as houses, were considered inferior for lumber and left in the ground.  Growth and gravity have created compression, which, when cut, presents as wavy, flame-like patterns.  Some of our bowls show this figure dramatically.  Others show the elegant, very tight, straight grain for which old-growth redwood is prized.

Though these magnificent trees should never have been cut, they were.  Over the 100+ years that these stumps sat in the cleared forest, their already beautiful interior aged and darkened.  What an honor it is to be able to turn this majestic wood!  Our joy and responsibility is in sharing the bounty of the forest, unwrapping this beautiful gift of nature while leaving nature to continue her magic." - Deborah Kermode 

For more of Deborah and Jerry's turnings, please check out their Fine Wood Artists gallery-

And don't forget to check the previous blog post to read more about the AAW symposium, where they will be giving demonstrations.

Monday, March 21, 2011

AAW 2011 Synposium

Here's an informative video of the upcoming June Symposium of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).

There will be demonstrations by Fine Wood Artists members Allen Jensen, Jerry and Deborah Kermode, and Cindy Drozda, and other well known wood turners, as well as exhibits, auctions, youth programs and more.

The symposium will take place in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Friday June 24th through Sunday June 26th, 2011, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. For more, visit the AAW website-

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Doug, Doug Fir

Meet Doug. He Built Seattle.
Chances are, if you have an older house in South Seattle, at least some part of it is constructed from Douglas Fir wood. It was readily available, locally milled and grown, and easy to work with. Everything from the framing, to windows to flooring in some older homes is made from Douglas Fir. They even paved the sidewalks and streets with it, before laying brick and other more permanent road surfaces down. 

When the pioneers first came to what is now Seattle, it was a forest, dominated by huge Douglas Fir trees, hemlock and other native species. You can recognize the old wood by its wide, pine like grain of dark orange against a lighter orange or cream color. It’s also a pretty soft wood, a fact that those of you with fir floors like ours are probably well aware of. Like most coastal evergreens, it is somewhat resistant to rot and moisture and has a wonderful smell when freshly cut.

Douglas Fir is not a Fir in the true sense. After long taxonomic discussions between the experts, it eventually ended up in it’s own scientific moniker Pseudotsuga Menziesii. It is a generally fast growing, deep rooted, and a long lived tree, often grown for Christmas Trees and particularly suited to the local climate of wet winters and dry summers. In ideal conditions and left alone a long time, these trees can top over 350 feet, with some unique specimens on record reaching over 400.

Local parks such as Kubota Gardens and Seward Park have some nice specimens of Douglas Fir, but before you run out to plant this native tree in your garden, keep their fast growth and large size in mind. They also have a tendency to shed their lower branches, which in a mature tree, can be substantial logs capable of serious damage to cars, buildings, power lines and people.

More on Doug, our local wonder tree-

Reprinted with permission from the Southend Seattle Blog-

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Upcoming Events and Shows - Fine Wood Artists

The 1609 Artist Invitational:  A Collaborative Show Featuring Seven Local Artists
The public is invited to join proprietors Carl Johnson and Alison Swann- Ingram of Franklin Street Fine Woodwork, Friday, March 11, 2011 from 5 to 10 p.m. to celebrate the collective creativity of 7 artists combined with works by Carl Johnson and Alison Swann-Ingram at their woodworking space, 1609 N. Franklin Street in Tampa.

Participating artists for The 1609 Artist Invitational: A Collaborative Show Featuring Seven Local Artists include: Kim Radatz (mixed media), Ugo Mazzarolo (photography), Marc De Waele (metal sculpture), Lydia Rupinski (printmaking), Ernesto Piloto Marquez (mixed media), Daniel Mrgan (wood burning), Sean Fitzgerald (ceramic). Fine wood craft from Franklin Street Fine Woodwork artisans will also be on display. The presenting artists range in experience from established to emerging artists.  The result is a collegial intimate show in a fabulous, gritty, renovated, industrial space.   
The evening includes live music and performance by the Nuestra Tierra Trio, a donation Bar and hors d’oeuvres.  The event is open to the public.  The work will be on exhibit through March 20, 2011 during business hours.
For more information about the Franklin Street 1609 Artist Invitational please call Alison Swann Ingram, 813.223.3490 or  Visit Franklin Street Fine Woodwork Studios online at  
Arts Alive 2011 Artists Studio Tour

An Artist Studio Tour to raise funds for the Northumberland Public Library will be held on Saturday April 9 from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday April 10 from 12 – 5 PM

The event will feature 19 artists using a variety of media including FWA member Andrew Pitts . the tour covers 15 studio locations throughout the lower Northern Neck. Tickets are $20 (children 12 and under free) and may be purchased at the Northumberland Public Library, The Bay Window in Irvington, Wildest Dreams in Burgess, Material Girl in Burgess, and EVB bank locations in Heathsville, Callao, Burgess, and Kilmarnock, or at any of the studios on the days of the tour.

A brochure with map will be provided, and door prizes of artist’s work, on display at the library, will be awarded. For more information, call the library at 580-5051 or visit the library website at
Or visit Andrew's website


The Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show (PIFS)
March 25-27, 2011
at the Cruise Ship Terminal in the Philadelphia Navy Yard
5100 South Broad Street (South)
Philadelphia, PA 19112
Welcome to the 17th annual Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show!

This year our show will be held March 26th and 27th, with a special preview party night March 25th. The PIFS features a great range of work reflective of the diverse creative directions present in the field of artisan-made furniture. There is shaker and arts and crafts influenced wooden furniture, historically based Grandfather clocks as well as contemporary timepieces,  modern functional-sculptural pieces in metal and wood, table top accessories, wall art and much more. The price points span from the affordable impulse purchase to works suitable for long-term investments as future heirlooms.

Exhibitors include Fine Wood Artists member Tom Lederer

For tickets, hours and all the information you need to experience PIFS 2011 please visit the ticket and prices page.

Now in its 17th year, the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show is the longest running craft show devoted to furniture and furnishings in the US. Please come and join us at the Cruise Ship Terminal in Philadelphia. We will see you there!
Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show:
The Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier 1
Philadelphia Naval Business Center (PNBC)
5100 South Broad Street (South)
Philadelphia, PA 19112
215-387-8591 fax
3605 Hamilton St. Philadelphia, PA 19104