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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Meet Lowell Converse

Lowell is an award-winning woodturner from Beavercreek, Ohio. He spent 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and 14 years in the aerospace industry before turning to turning full time in 2001. Self-taught, he has been turning seriously since 1998. Most of the larger pieces are turned from green wood and then dried, turned again, and finished. The segmented pieces are meticulously constructed from many small pieces glued together and then turned. Motivated by the desire to exhibit the natural beauty and warmth inherent in the wood, he pays special attention to form, feel, and finish to enhance the color and patterns within each piece.

Classified a "Master Turner" by the Ohio Woodturners Guild, Lowell won Best in Show for woodworking in 2002 at the Dayton Carvers Guild Artistry in Wood show. He teaches at the Woodcraft stores in the region and from his home. He was featured in The American Woodturner and The American Woodworker and his work has appeared in The Woodworkers Journal. In August 2005, Lowell appeared as a featured guest on Tips and Techniques on the Do-It-Yourself TV channel.

"I mostly make use of 'found' wood which would otherwise be useful only for firewood.

Any day in the shop is a good day. Original Serious Lathe in Lowell's garage shop.

Click here to visit Lowell's website.

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