Home Decorative and functional art pieces hand turned on the lathe my Dad bought me when I was 12. The materials I use are all local, sustainable or recycled. Chokecherry, Ash, Oak, Maple, Wild Plum and Diamond Willow are found on hikes through the trails of our 80 acre wood in the Turtle Mountains. Tulipwood, Rosewood, Ebony, Elm and repurposed Ivory are gleaned from pianos that no longer hold a tune, the ornaments I make are suspended by piano strings of copper and steel. Purple hues are revealed in lilac harvested from neighbour’s windbreaks and exotic species are found in shipping pallets. Apple, Saskatoon and plum fruit trees past their expiry dates yield a myriad of colours and figure. I am transfixed by the transformation of the often gnarled and decaying wood spinning on my lathe, shavings flying revealing character and beauty. Each piece I turn is unique and each one carries with it a story.