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 - bowls and other vessels, ink pens, and a variety of useful items - which I display for sale at select craft festivals, galleries, and occasional art exhibitions.
Two Rivers Turnings is proud to be a Partner of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) and a Corporate Sponsor of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association.
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. I do NOT cut down trees to acquire turning stock. My small stock of exotic wood, acquired prior to this company policy, will be "used up" for various pieces until exhausted.
About The Website
This admittedly sprawling site is more an outlet for me to write about two of my biggest passions, wood turning and history, than a hub of e commerce, so don't bother looking for "add to shopping cart" or "check out now" buttons (though I WILL sell and ship - even to to far off places - if feasible). Most bowl work is within the individual "Historic Places" pages, where pieces are grouped by different geographic provenance of the wood used. The popular "Unique Gifts Under $50" page highlights useful objects that make great gifts, including my recently added line of keepsake pens crafted of wood from places of historic significance. Other bowl and vessel work - most long since sold or given away- can be viewed at the "Artistic Turnings Page" (which also details my exhibition history), and my teaching activities at Woodcraft of Northern Virginia are described at the "Learn To Turn" page. Finally, check out the blog-like "Got Wood?" page for interesting information on turning, trees, 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.
About The Logo
Designed by my talented graphic designer and 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 and picturesque Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.
"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves;
otherwise, we harden." - Goethe
Former careers neither stuck nor predicted my current trade, which began a few years back when I purchased a wood lathe, taught myself to use it (don't do it! - see "Learn To Turn" 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"
Shepherdstown Chronicle - July 14, 2017
Spirit of Jefferson and Farmers Advocate - July 5, 2017
Hagerstown Herald-Mail - June 26, 2017
Shepherdstown Chronicle - July 24th, 2015
Fluent Magazine "Image of the Week" - July, 2015
Martinsburg Journal - June 28, 2015
Martinsburg Journal - April 27, 2015
ArtVoice WV micro-documentary produced by 78 Degrees West Films, September, 2014