Woodturning is Arnold’s passion. He is a firm believer that Ontario forests have a lot of amazing woods that can compete globally with exotic species. Arnold showcases those amazing woods though his work.
Arnold has won multiple awards and is also a proud member of the provincial “Ontario Wood” program. He carefully and selectively looks for woods with inner beauty and diverse grain patterns, prospecting for hidden treasures. Natural edge creations are sought after and collected for their rustic and irregular appearance. Clean-edged traditional styles of wood turnings are also made. No matter your style choice, each will show the extraordinary features attributed to the various species available in Ontario.
Each wood turning begins from green wet wood, is 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 and/or decorative.
Arnold’s home studio is located at 16 Wells Crescent in Barrie and is available by appointment.