John Williams

John Williams

John Williams
As long as I can remember woodworking has been part of my life. As a young boy, my father taught me many basics in his shop. When we visited family, my uncle and both grandfathers did woodworking. One grandfather made a rubber band gun which was a great joy to play with for an 8 year old. However it disappeared as we prepared for the long trip back home. As a parent I understand now, but it was a great toy fashioned out of wood. My other grandfather, who was quite an artist himself, was first to expose me to the wood lathe. I was fascinated with it and sad to leave it behind when we journeyed home. The lathe now resides in my shop with great memories that came to life many years later.   Through high school and college, my woodwork was helping my dad build furniture and other things for their house...like the eight foot buffet that was too big to get out of the shop without tearing down a wall and the hutch which we did measure twice for.  When I was married the real work started. With little funds and lots of needs, I announced to my new bride that I would build this and I would build that as the needs came up, and I did. The construction was done at my father's shop, and we spent many evenings there staining and finishing. The collection of furniture became known as "the early John style". I even presented my wife with a radial arm saw for our first anniversary. Over the next 20 years many useful and, according to my wife, beautiful projects came off that saw. On the celebration of our 20th anniversary, my wife was presented with a walnut and mahogany buffet made with that saw, probably my best work to date. When I delved more seriously into the capabilities of the wood lathe, the larger shapes and forms really captured me. My grandfather's lathe was made in 1939 and still functioned well, but was limited. I bought a new lathe and tools for turning bowls and hollow forms and was hooked. The ability to put a log or part of a tree out of the firewood pile on the lathe and make something beautiful that shows off the inner heart of the tree is mesmerizing, and I knew this was going to be a big part of my life. Yes, another lathe for even bigger turnings ended up in my shop very soon. Then a friendship with a tree service company exploded my opportunity to turn larger hollow forms, vases and bowls. With our house now overrun with all the turnings, my wife said it is time to share! The shapes and forms I enjoy are the ones that are simple and reveal the natural beauty of the tree. The knots and grain pattern seen in a hollow form turned from the crotch of a tree is amazing to see.  The wood I use comes from trees in urban areas that have to be removed due to blight, disease, or construction. Realizing that this tree grew from a small nut and gave shade and comfort to homes or parks for years, but had to be taken down and now would live on in its second life is very rewarding.
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Artist

Artwork

1.  Norfolk Island Pine 2017-24
John Williams

1. Norfolk Island Pine 2017-24

wood turning

7 x 12 in

$1,800.00

33.  Spalted Maple 2016-2
John Williams

33. Spalted Maple 2016-2

wood turning

14 x 8 in

$425.00

Box Elder #1
John Williams

Box Elder #1

Wood, Epoxy

18 x 12 in

$1,800.00

Cedar Turned Wood Vessel 2018-1
John Williams

Cedar Turned Wood Vessel 2018-1

cedar wood, epoxy

7 x 4 in

$175.00

Magnolia Turned Wood Vessel 2018-1
John Williams

Magnolia Turned Wood Vessel 2018-1

magnolia wood, epoxy

5 x 6 in

$250.00

Monkey Puzzle Turned Wood Vessel 2018-5
John Williams

Monkey Puzzle Turned Wood Vessel 2018-5

monkey puzzle wood and epoxy

13 x 10 in

$600.00

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-4
John Williams

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-4

Norfolk Island Pine, Epoxy

9 x 7 in

$350.00

Rosewood Turned Wood Vessel 2018-1
John Williams

Rosewood Turned Wood Vessel 2018-1

Rosewood, epoxy

12 x 9 in

$425.00

11.  Tabebuia
John Williams

11. Tabebuia

wood turning

20 x 10 in

$650.00

35.  Camphor 2017-7
John Williams

35. Camphor 2017-7

wood turning

14 x 6 in

$450.00

Box Elder #2
John Williams

Box Elder #2

Wood, Epoxy

7 x 5 in

$350.00

Iron Bark Eucalyptus Vase
John Williams

Iron Bark Eucalyptus Vase

iron bark, eucalyptus and epoxy

10 x 8 in

$350.00

Monkey Puzzle Turned Wood Vessel 2018-1
John Williams

Monkey Puzzle Turned Wood Vessel 2018-1

monkey puzzle wood and epoxy

6 x 6 in

$250.00

Monkey Puzzle Turned Wood Vessel 2018-6
John Williams

Monkey Puzzle Turned Wood Vessel 2018-6

monkey puzzle wood and epoxy

13 x 7 in

$450.00

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-5
John Williams

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-5

Norfolk Island Pine, Epoxy

6 x 5 in

$200.00

19.  Camphor 2017-10
John Williams

19. Camphor 2017-10

wood turning

15 x 9 in

$1,200.00

42.  Camphor 2017-8
John Williams

42. Camphor 2017-8

wood turning

10 x 10 in

$700.00

Box Elder #3
John Williams

Box Elder #3

Wood, Epoxy

7 x 5 in

$400.00

Lychee Nut Turned Wood Vessel 2018-2
John Williams

Lychee Nut Turned Wood Vessel 2018-2

lychee nut wood, epoxy

5 x 4 in

$175.00

Monkey Puzzle Turned Wood Vessel 2018-2
John Williams

Monkey Puzzle Turned Wood Vessel 2018-2

monkey puzzle wood and epoxy

6 x 6 in

$250.00

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-1
John Williams

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-1

Norfolk Island Pine, Epoxy

11 x 9 in

$400.00

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-6
John Williams

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-6

Norfolk Island Pine, Epoxy

6 x 8 in

$350.00

23.  Cedar
John Williams

23. Cedar

wood turning

16 x 11 in

$1,650.00

8.  Norfolk Island Pine 2016-13
John Williams

8. Norfolk Island Pine 2016-13

wood turning

22 x 9 in

$750.00

Box Elder #4
John Williams

Box Elder #4

Wood, Epoxy

7 x 5 in

$400.00

Lychee Nut Turned Wood Vessel 2018-3
John Williams

Lychee Nut Turned Wood Vessel 2018-3

lychee nut wood, epoxy

9 x 7 in

$400.00

Monkey Puzzle Turned Wood Vessel 2018-4
John Williams

Monkey Puzzle Turned Wood Vessel 2018-4

monkey puzzle wood and epoxy

6 x 5 in

$250.00

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-3
John Williams

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-3

Norfolk Island Pine, Epoxy

7 x 8 in

$350.00

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-8
John Williams

Norfolk Island Pine Turned Wood Vessel 2018-8

Norfolk Island Pine, Epoxy

23 x 7 in

$650.00

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