Turned Objects of Beauty and Usefulness Handcrafted from Locally Harvested Wood in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
About The Company
Two Rivers Turnings is the company name under which I make lathe-turned objects, primarily bowls and other vessels, and a variety of other items, displaying at select craft and music festivals, fine art and craft galleries, and occasional art exhibitions. Two Rivers Turnings is now a Tamarack partner as well as a Corporate Sponsor of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association. For purchase info call or send me an email.
WOOD POLICY: Importantly, TRT is committed to using only local hardwoods harvested by me when a tree is damaged or otherwise must be taken down for good reason. My small stock of exotic wood, acquired prior to this company policy, will be "used up" for various pieces until exhausted.
About The Website
Shown are representative examples of my work, including the "Historic Places Series," in which pieces are grouped by different geographic provenance of the wood used. Other bowl and vessel work can be viewed at the Random Turnings and Art Turnings Pages. Our popular "Unique Gifts Under $50" page highlights useful objects that make great gifts. Check out the blog-like Got Wood? page for interesting information on turning, wood I love to use, how I acquire it, etc, and, since life is too short to be all about work, stop in at the Poetry page to see what I'm up to when not turning, fishing, or sleeping.
Fun Fact About Me: I am now an offiical "Officiant" and available for weddings and such; see www.neilsuperofficiantservices.com for details
One of my pieces selected for inclusion in the 4th Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit - Artistic Turning
Diverse Artist Lineup set for my curated exhibit: "Into The Woods: The Vision And Art Of The Woodworker" in September - see "Purchase & Events"
About The Logo
Designed by my talented graphic designer/master gardener/naturalist sister Julie, the TRT logo reflects the happy fact that I live, work, and fish in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, nestled between the mighty Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.
"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves;
otherwise, we harden." - Goethe
Former careers neither stuck nor predicted my current trade. A few years back I purchased a wood lathe, taught myself to use it (don't do it! - see "Instruction" page), and quickly succumbed to what experienced turners will recognize as "the sickness." I am now a member of the American Association of Woodturners and various arts organizations, teach woodturning, and continue to work and learn in my shop in Shepherdstown, where I live with my wife and daughters.
Enjoy the site!
Enjoy the site!
"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it."
News and Media
WATCH THIS: a short, ArtVoice WV-produced documentary entitled "History and Wood: An Accidental Intersection"
Martinsburg Journal - August 2, 2015
Shepherdstown Chronicle - July 24th, 2015
Martinsburg Journal - June 28, 2015
Martinsburg Journal - April 27, 2015
ArtVoice WV micro-documentary produced by 78 Degrees West Films, September, 2014