Arnold has always enjoyed being creative and working with his hands. Close to 35 years ago he built a lathe from scratch and began to explore the world of wood turning. Through many trials and experimentation, the boundaries of this exciting new medium were discovered.
Arnold has won multiple awards and is a proud member of the provincial “Ontario Wood” program. All the materials Arnold selects are locally sourced figured woods and burls from our forests and cities. He carefully and selectively looks for inner beauty and diverse grain patterns, prospecting for hidden treasures. His natural edge creations are sought after and collected for their rustic and irregular appearance. Traditional styles of wood turnings are also made, showing the extraordinary features and life cycles attributed to the various species available in Ontario.
Each wood turning begins from green, wet wood, hollowed into a rough form and left to air dry for up to one year. When this form dries and stabilizes, Arnold then reworks and fine tunes the shape of the bowl into a unique and creative work of art. Lastly, a food safe finish is applied which allows the items to be functional (food safe) as well as decorative.