Purpleheart grows in tropical regions of South and Central America. It has a straight and tight grain and gathers its name from its color which can vary from a pale to a vibrant purple. It is a very hard wood and has a tendency to split if care is not taken.

conductor's baton and box

these were made for a special commission

conductor's baton and box

newest bowls

these are a few of the latest bowls

maple purpleheart bowls

For Musicians - Manywood Batons and Baton Box


These batons and baton box were made for a music conductor friend of mine. The baton handles are turned on a lathe and the shafts are carbon fiber for strength and lightness. The box has a sliding top and holds several batons. The top and bottom of the box are built with many different woods and have several layers of "overlay."


Manywood Batons ans Baton Box
Manywood Batons and Baton Box
Bow Case
Bow Case

Mahler Kaleidoscope

The title of this piece was inspired by Mahler's Fourth Symphony. This is one of the three largest Kaleidoscopes I have built. It features a three mirrored interior which provides a seemingly three-dimensional view, and what I call the "spiky orb." It is built from a mosaic of many different woods, and the base is mainly Black Walnut. The mirrors and optics were made by Jonathan Eaton.

Spiky orb

Ponds and Rivers Kaleidoscopes

These Maple and Purpleheart Kaleidoscopes are two of a series of three titled the "Elana" series. Both are built using the overlay technique from solid wood. The object cells are interchangeable. The object cell and the mirror system are designed and built by Jonathan Eaton of Cincinnati.

Maple and Purpleheart Kaleidoscopes
Maple and Purpleheart Kaleidoscopes

Wine Racks

The wine rack is a very simple and very functional design. Due to the balance of the design, one to three bottles can be displayed, individually or together, for a unique wine loving experience. Made from reclaimed, recycled woods, usually walnut, maple and purpleheart. 


Wine Racks on the front porch
Wine Rack


Joy's box features a sliding drawer and a sliding top. Its dimensions are about 12x6x3 1/2 inches. The sides are Walnut, and the Padauk ends are pinned with brass as an accent. The top is made from many woods and many layers of overlay.

Steve's Box (the lower right) is a drum stick box with a sliding top. It, as well as Joy's box, is built with solid wood using overlay techniques, and is not veneered. It was built for a drummer friend of mine, Steve (for his fancy German drumsticks).

Joy's Box

Recent Bowls

These bowls are a representation of some of my more recent turnings.

Counterclockwise from the top: an overview of a few different designs,  the three bowls are Mesquite wedding bowls made for dear friends, the flat top bowl, dubbed "guitar Bowl" is Maple and sports a clean and sharp outer edge, the bowl (with block) was turned for an exhibition at  the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, the final picture is Cherry and Maple from "Mom's Series."

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