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bowl blank

bowl blank

rough cut bowl blank ready to turn.

bowl blank 2

bowl blank 2

"Salad Bowl"

"Salad Bowl"

The completed salad bowl.

bowl base with signature

bowl base with signature

Maple blank

Maple blank

Maple bowl

Maple bowl

Ambrosia Maple bowl, 8" diameter.

hollow form progress

hollow form progress

twisted finial wip

twisted finial wip

Hollow form with finial

Hollow form with finial

Turned from maple, various dyes and pigments.

"Pink ornament"

"Pink ornament"

Turned from Buckeye burl and Holly.

"Yellow Ornament"

"Yellow Ornament"

turned from Buckeye burl and dyed maple.

"The Story of my Life"

"The Story of my Life"

The "candle" is turned from maple, the base is ash, and the flames are spalted oak. Acrylic finish. The candle is hollow.

"The Pharoah"

"The Pharoah"

Black Walnut, base poplar, ebonized and textured.

"The Pharoah"

"The Pharoah"

Alternate view

"Ray Key Tribute"

"Ray Key Tribute"

"Yellow Ornament 2"

"Yellow Ornament 2"

Turned from Buckeye burl and African Blackwood, yellow and black transparent airbrush paint for the globe.

"Forever Autumn"

"Forever Autumn"

turned from Pear, steam bent, carved, finished with acrylics. Terry Scott collection.

"Forever Autumn", alternate view

"Forever Autumn", alternate view

"Primordial Life Form"

"Primordial Life Form"

Bradford Pear, turned green and steam bent. Metal flake interior, acrylic finish.

Alternate view

Alternate view

"Poet's Walk"

"Poet's Walk"

Turned and carved from Black Walnut, Private collection.

"Poet's Walk", alternate view

"Poet's Walk", alternate view

"Steppin' Out"

"Steppin' Out"

Turned and carved from Holly, Niche Award finalist, Dave Long collection.

"Rolling in Deep Time"

"Rolling in Deep Time"

Turned from black walnut, oil finish. Private collection.

"Rolling in Deep Time"

"Rolling in Deep Time"

Alternate view.

"Eye of the Storm"

"Eye of the Storm"

Black walnut, turned and carved, oil finish. Private collection.

"Winged bowl"

"Winged bowl"

Walnut burl, oil finish, gold leaf and acrylics. Private collection.

"Winged Bowl"

"Winged Bowl"

Alternate view

"Dawn"

"Dawn"

Turned and carved from big-leaf maple, oil finish. Bowl is gold leaf and acrylics.

"untitled winged bowl"

"untitled winged bowl"

Maple, bowl is gold leaf with acrylic rim. Oil finish.

"Stardust"

"Stardust"

Black Walnut with metal leaf bowl interior.

"Merengue"

"Merengue"

I titled this piece "Merengue"; it reminded me of two dancers appearing as one on the dancefloor. Niche Award winner, 2005.

"Tango"

"Tango"

Holly and ebony, lacquer finish. Raymond Wong collection.

"Snow Clouds"

"Snow Clouds"

Spalted Maple and ebony, oil finish. Private collection.

"Skippin' School"

"Skippin' School"

Maple, holly, ebony, acrylic finish. Private collection, Hong Kong

"Playin' Hooky"

"Playin' Hooky"

Turned from maple, holly, and ebony. This piece required 16 individual turned components. Airbrushed with acrylics, Niche Award Finalist. Permanent public display.

"Playing Hooky" #1

"Playing Hooky" #1

Turned and carved from cherry, holly, and ebony. Part of Del Mano Gallery's "Small Treasures" exhibition. Inset shows turned eyes with tenon.

multi-axis form

multi-axis form

Turned from Red Oak, first turned as a cube on three axis points, then hollowed and turned on the same axis points.

"Bottoms Up"

"Bottoms Up"

A whimsical box turned from cherry, maple base. Acrylic finish.

"A Winter Rose"

"A Winter Rose"

Holly, ebony, cherry burl, thorns. All parts are turned. Niche Award finalist, Private collection.

"A Winter Rose" detail

"A Winter Rose" detail

"Twisted Sisters"

"Twisted Sisters"

The base is Buckeye burl, the stem is Purpleheart, the flowers are Holly with Pink Ivory details. Turned on several axis points, then carved to create the spiral effect.

"Crescendo"

"Crescendo"

Spalted maple, ebony, holly, and pink ivory, guitar string. Private collection.

Untitled hollow form

Untitled hollow form

Turned from a spalted Maple crotch piece, Rosewood finial. Private collection.

Untitled hollow form

Untitled hollow form

Cherry burl with ebony collar, rosewood finial.

"Hollowform in G"

"Hollowform in G"

Masur birch, ebony, guitar string, oil finish. This piece combines two passions; woodturning and playing guitar. Private collection.

A long-stemmed bottle stopper

A long-stemmed bottle stopper

holly box with blackwood knob

holly box with blackwood knob

"Holly box"

"Holly box"

Holly box, refinished after a shop paint spill!

Lidded box

Lidded box

Turned from figured maple, burnt and textured details

Lidded box

Lidded box

Box Elder form with burnt and textured rim

Untitled box

Untitled box

Turned from Maple Burl, oil finish

Black Walnut box

Black Walnut box

Turned from a crotch piece, about 3" diameter

box turned from Bay Laurel

box turned from Bay Laurel

"Fat Man"

"Fat Man"

box, turned from Peach wood.

"Pedestal Box"

"Pedestal Box"

Globe is Buckeye burl, finial is turned from African Blackwood.

"Pedestal Box"

"Pedestal Box"

turned from Osage Orange and Ebony. 7" tall.

"Woodturning Fundamentals"

"Woodturning Fundamentals"

Rear cover image, AAW "Woodturning Fundamentals" magazine.

untitled ornament

untitled ornament

Turned from maple burl and African Blackwood, hollowed.

"Sea Urchin" ornament, holly turnings.

"Sea Urchin" ornament, holly turnings.

"Green Ornament"

"Green Ornament"

Willow Burl globe, hollowed and airbrushed green, African Blackwood finial. The globe diameter is 2".

"Red Ornament"

"Red Ornament"

Willow burl with transparent airbrush work, African Blackwood finial.

Christmas ornament

Christmas ornament

Turned from Purpleheart and various veneers. Globe is hollow.

"demo ornament"

"demo ornament"

"White Ornament"

"White Ornament"

Turned from Buckeye burl and Holly.

"Ornament"

"Ornament"

Turned from Willow burn and African Blackwood. 7" overall length

"Yellow Ornament"

"Yellow Ornament"

Buckeye burl with Ebony finial.

"Green Ornament"

"Green Ornament"

Buckeye burl and Holly, globe is airbrushed transparent green.

"Leap of Faith"

"Leap of Faith"

Mahogany, This piece appeared in "500 Wood Bowls". Joe Hermann collection.

"Suspended bowl"

"Suspended bowl"

Turned from big-leaf maple.

"Jar form"

"Jar form"

Mark Mandell and I having a bit of fun, turned from Box Elder

"When Good Tubes go Bad"

"When Good Tubes go Bad"

Holly, rose thorns, acrylics. Black walnut base.

"Dance"

"Dance"

Turned and carved from holly and ebony.

"U.F.O."

"U.F.O."

Cherry burl, ebony collar, suspended hollow form.

linenfold 12.jpg

linenfold 12.jpg

"To the Nines"

"To the Nines"

Turned and carved from Holly, John Hill collection.

"To the Nines" alternate view

"To the Nines" alternate view

"Untitled linenfold form"

"Untitled linenfold form"

Turned and carved from Butternut, private collection

Alternate view

Alternate view

"Linenfold Study in Black"

"Linenfold Study in Black"

Turned and carved from mahogany, ebonized. Private collection.

"Andromeda"

"Andromeda"

Holly, acrylic and metal leaf. Pete Kekel collection.

"Sketch of Andromeda"

"Sketch of Andromeda"

I make sketches of most of my pieces before I begin. This is the sketch I created for "Andromeda".

"Adrift"

"Adrift"

This piece was part of the "Currents" exhibit, AAW National Symposium.

Progress shot, "adrift".

Progress shot, "adrift".

"Diamonds"

"Diamonds"

This piece is turned from Yellowheart, Wenge, Padauk, and various veneers. "Diamonds was featured on the rear cover of "Best of Fine Woodworking" magazine.

Detail of "Diamonds"

"Diamonds #2"

"Diamonds #2"

This piece is turned from maple and dyed veneers. A demo piece I decided to finish.

"Southwestern form"

"Southwestern form"

Bloodwood, ziracote, bigleaf maple.

"Fish" necklace

"Fish" necklace

Turned and carved from holly, pink ivory, and ebony. Strung with glass beads.

Stoppers

Stoppers

These are the steps involved in turning a "martini glass" stopper. All stoppers are turned from one blank.

"Drunken Bottle Stoppers"

"Drunken Bottle Stoppers"

Pieces include maple, holly, pink ivory, ebony, yellowheart, wire, epoxy, and acrylics. The "corks" and "martini glasses" are all one piece of holly.

"Drunken Stopper"

"Drunken Stopper"

The corks and the martini glass with captive ring are turned from one piece of Holly.

"Drunken Mouse" bottlestopper

"Drunken Mouse" bottlestopper

Holly, ebony, pink ivory, wire, epoxy, with acrylic finish. "Cheese" and "martini glass" are one piece, turned on four axis points.

Detail of "mouse"

Detail of "mouse"

Body is turned from holly, then airbrushed. Eyes are turned from holly and ebony, nose is pink ivory.

"Choir Boys"

"Choir Boys"

Turned green just for fun from apple, hackberry, and highbush cranberry branches, and allowed to warp.

"Fun with Stoppers"

"Fun with Stoppers"

"Bottle Stopper"

"Bottle Stopper"

This piece is one of a pair, turned from a block of maple wood given to me by John and Vicki Jordan, to be turned as part of their "Voice of the Beloved Tree" project.

"My First Turnings"

"My First Turnings"

These were turned from Black Walnut in my Junior year of High School, c. 1970

"Dancing Box"

"Dancing Box"

toy spin top, inset shows top while spinning, made to resemble a dancer in motion. Maple, Redheart, ebony, veneers.

"Dancing Box"

"Dancing Box"

toy spin-top, maple, holly and veneers. Inset shows top in motion.

"Dancing Box #1"

"Dancing Box #1"

This was the first of a series of toy spin-tops; the top resembled a dancer with flared skirt while in motion. This piece was purchased by Ray Leier of Del Mano Gallery.

"Dancing Box, #1"

"Dancing Box, #1"

Detail

"Dancing Box"

"Dancing Box"

Box is ebonized Maple, the top is Ebony and various veneers. Inset shows top in motion.

"Black Walnut bowl"

"Black Walnut bowl"

Simple bowl form

Simple bowl form

Turned from Red Oak.

Silver Maple bowl

Silver Maple bowl

Turned from heavily spalted Silver Maple.

" Calabash Bowl"

" Calabash Bowl"

Turned from California Bay Laurel (Oregon Myrtle) oil and wax finish

Alternate view

"Untitled bowl form"

"Untitled bowl form"

Calabash style bowl, turned from Mango. This was turned as part of a woodturning demonstration

"Ambrosia bread bowl"

"Ambrosia bread bowl"

Maple, oil finish. Turned from a discarded stump I found alongside the road.

Keith P. Tompkins Woodturning Studio

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