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. For direct purchase info call or send me an email, HERE.
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
An admittedly sprawling place, I see this website as sort of an online magazine that provides an outlet for three of my biggest passions: wood turning, history, and good writing (if I could work fly fishing into the business I would). The fact is, the vast bulk of my business is done either through retail craft galleries, or face to face at shows, and I kind of like it that way. E-commerce is welcome for sure - and I DO SHIP to far off places - but online sales aren't the main point of this site, so don't bother looking for "add to your shopping cart" buttons. That said, you will find MOST of my bowl work 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 recent foray into keepsake pens of historically significant wood. Other bowl and vessel work - most long since sold or given away- can be viewed at the "Random Turnings" and "Art Turnings Pages" (which also details my exhibition history), and my teaching activities are described at the "Instruction" page. Finally, check out the blog-like "Got Wood?" page for interesting information on turning, 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/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