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Oddly, it all started with the wood pile. Cutting up blown down trees and limbs and stacking for winter fires was a regular chore when Rob was Head of Maintenance at Four Winds Camp years ago. The fir and pine were no problem, but somehow the Madrona wood just seemed too beautiful to be slated for the wood stoves. Maybe it could be turned into bowls… except he’d never used a lathe and didn’t have access to one to experiment. Eventually he took a leap of faith, bought a lathe and started turning. At first the bowls were clumsy looking but they were functional and the Madrona looked beautiful. In time he perfected the techniques required to get the tricky wood from log to lathe and along the way found the thing he loves to do best – make functional, beautiful bowls out of gorgeous wood.
Rob was born in New Westminster, B.C. and lived for a time in Prince Rupert and Ladysmith before moving with his family to Orcas Island nearly 40 years ago. Although currently boat-less, being near the water has always been important to him. He does his turning in a large shop next to his home in Deer Harbor filled with the projects that have accumulated while he tends to his turning.