I simply enjoy working with pretty wood that comes from the trees that grow here in the northwest. Doing so connects me to the land where I grew up. The woodworkers in the northwest are blessed with many beautiful woods to work with. Turning wood bowls brings balance to my life and many friends into my life. Because I have taught all over, I have friends all around the country and the world. We are not a geographical community but we are a community of shared interests and friendship.
“Kvitks Madrone” Bowls
I live in Gresham, Oregon. I have been turning wood for 40 years. My specialty is turning bowls from local hardwoods like Madrone and Big Leaf Maple. I started selling my bowls in art galleries in 1991. My bowls currently sell in seven art galleries: The Real Mother Goose and The Joinery in Portland, Oregon, Urban Hardwoods in Seattle, WA, The Wood Merchant in LaConner, WA, Museo Gallery in Langley WA, The Art Project on Bainbridge Island, WA and Appalachian Spring Gallery in Rockville MD.
I have demonstrated bowl turning and spheres at five American Association of Woodturners Symposiums, the Ripon Symposium (England), in Israel and the following regional symposiums: Rocky Mountain, Vancouver BC, Utah, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Oregon and at numerous local chapters. I have taught at the John C Campbell Folk School three times and once at Arrowmont School.
I have published articles about wood and woodturning in the following journals: The American Woodturner, World of Wood, Woodworker West and Woodturning Design.
I was the past president of the Northwest Chapter of the International Wood Collectors Society.I was a founding member and twice past president of the Cascade Woodturners in Portland, Oregon.I served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Woodturners from 2009 thru 2014 both as Symposium chair and the final three years as President.I currently serve on the board of the Larch Mountain Country Artisans and the Board of Advisors of the AAW.