Troy's long time interest in woodworking led him to a decision about 15 years ago to try to develop some basic skills in woodturning in order to use turned parts on furniture making, repair and restoration projects. He quickly became enchanted with the freedom and range of design afforded by woodturning and was “hooked”. He fueled this addiction by bombarding friends and family with turned gifts and through the sale of turned craft items. This phase of his development as a woodturner helped hone his basic skills and expanded his understanding of the characteristics and natural beauty as well as the wide variety of wood as a creative medium.
The invaluable help of a special mentor and intensive study with top American, English and
Australian woodturners have been an important part of this journey. Troy's work has received
several awards in woodturning shows judged by his peers which encouraged him to expand
his goals. All these events have helped Troy arrive at a very rewarding point in his life.
Since 1998 Troy has had the privileged to participate in the outstanding program at the
John C. Campbell Folk School as an artist instructor, where he taught and assisted in many classes in woodturning and woodworking. He has demonstrated at the Southern States Woodturning Symposium and for several woodturning clubs and this exposure to many
talented people has always been a source of inspiration.
The work you see here is a result of all these experiences. Although many solid turning blanks
lend themselves to classic shapes, he doesn't approach them with a specific preconceived
notion of the end result. In the initial turning process he examines the unique characteristic of
the wood and helps it become what it wants to be. In the segmented pieces he continues to
explore the aesthetics of the possible color combinations.
So here you are with Troy's turned art, he hopes you will enjoy experiencing it as much as he enjoyed creating it.