Bernard Hohlfeld, Wood Turning

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With my artistic turning I try to create work that brings beauty into the world for all of us to enjoy.  The wood brings inspiration with it. I turn every object with a desire to find a form that will reveal the natural beauty hidden within the wood. The shapes of these turnings are revealed to me as I turn the wood. If I find the shapes provocative, I believe others will as well. 

After the shape is complete I study the surfaces inside and out to see where else they want to go.  I try to take each piece to a unique place with carving, piercing or other surface embellishments.  Often I use the different colors of the wood as a painter uses a pallet. I combine the natural colors of the wood to create a work of art that catches the eye and appeals to the soul.  I will sometimes enhance the color with airbrushing techniques.  I like to turn everything from lace bobbins to large salad bowls, but I find my greatest joy when creating artistic hollow forms and thin-walled vessels. When I create a functional bowl, the bowl asks to be held and used. It is friendly to the hand and lovely to look at.  The shape is pleasing to the eye and complements the wood of the bowl.

I am a member of the American Association of Woodturners and the Bucks Woodturners. I am a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen.

Natural edge figured maple bowl that has been carved on the outside surface and dyed, 17” dia.
Mother Natures’ Coloring Book. Spalted maple hollow forms that have been airbrushed with transparent acrylic.


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