Since I have been involved with woodturning, I know that Mike is one of the most respectable names in the industry. I met Mike a few years ago and I can truly say that his kindness and warm smile transcends a wonderful sense of creativity and peacefulness.
Those who have been lucky enough to be invited to Mike’s and Jenny’s house during the Provo Symposium can attest for their wonderful hospitality and warmth.
Mike has been a professional woodturner for most of his adult life. He has specialized in making bowls and other utilitarian items.
Here is Mike’s statement used for the Smithsonian when he did a show there. It truly sums up his vision:
“I am passionate about my craft and the American Craft movement. I am dedicated to producing quality craft and educating the public about woodturning. My wood comes from urban sources (tree trimmers and local cities). I produce all my work on the lathe without any embellishments after the fact, creating a very traditional feel with contemporary ideas. I want my work to be attractive as well as useful. For my work to be admired is one thing, but for my work to be used fulfills my purpose as a craftsman.”
With his deep insight he also quotes Tocqueville…
“Americans will habitually prefer the useful to the beautiful and they will require that the beautiful be useful.”
– Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1840)
I am honored to know Mike and have learned from him.