2023 AAW Live Benefit Auction
An Akkorokamui is an octopus god from Ainu folklore — a sea monster that resembles a giant octopus and ranges up to 390 feet in length. According to Ainu folklore, it is said to live in Hokkaido's Uchiura Bay. It is so large it can swallow whole boats and whales in a single gulp. It is said that when it appears, the whole earth and sky appear red. For this reason, fishermen and sailors have stayed away from the water when the sky is red. More on the background and history of the Akkorokamui.
Mike also has a beautiful natural edge maple burl hollow form in this year's auction.
Please check out all the other wonderful pieces in this year's AAW Premier Wood Art auction. Your winning bid helps the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) educational and outreach programs.
Update: Akkorokamui sold at auction for $950!
2023 Turned and Sculpted Wood Exhibit
|Murmuration of Stars
Small Treasures Exhibit 2022
Three of my pyrographic pieces are in Wood Symphony Gallery's current Small Treasures Exhibit, which runs from September 1st through September 30th, 2022. This is the gallery's annual exhibition of what they describe as "small wood wonders," since pieces can not exceed 6" in any direction. The piece featured here in the gallery's ad (Plume) was a collaboration between myself (pyrography and ink) and my brother-in-law Mike, who is a fantastic woodturner.
Mike and I have three collaboration pieces in the exhibition besides Plume. The other two pieces are Cycle and Akkorokamui.
Mike also has three of his own pieces in the exhibition: a maple burl hollow form, a madrone nested set, and another maple burl.
2022 AAW Live Benefit Auction
Once again, Mike and I had a piece in The American Association of Woodturners benefit auction. AAW held their 36th annual symposium from June 23–26 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
I usually get nervous as our piece is being auctioned, but I have to say the auctioneer this year was pretty funny and I was laughing more often than biting my nails. I think he wasn't sure of how Mike and I were related, but when someone yelled out I was Mike's sister-in-law, the auctioneer said well, huh, how many people get along with their sisters-in-law. And then the same person yelled out Mike lives in California and Georgianne lives in New York, to which the auctioneer replied, well, that'll do it!
Journal of the American Association of Woodturners
February 2022: I'm excited that the The American Association of Woodturners asked to highlight me and Mike on the back cover of the winter edition of their journal, American Woodturner. They sent me several copies to hand out to friends and family.
2021 AAW Live Benefit Auction
On Friday evening, AAW held their live benefit auction. I always get butterflies in my stomach listening to the fast talk and the infamous going once, going twice line.
|Sunrise (one side)
Small Treasures Exhibit 2020
2020 AAW Live Benefit Auction
The Art of Giving 2019
|Apple Scoop by Rick & Georgianne
The first time Mike sent one of these pieces to me, I stared at it for quite a while, put it away, brought it out to stare at it some more, put it away, brought it out ... I needed to find a way to bring the two disparate parts together into one of unity. Mike said it's incredibly difficult to shape the bowl in the middle of the board. It's all of a piece, not two separate pieces glued together, so he needs to shape this perfect bowl that seemingly floats in the middle of a large plane. It takes some patience and care for him to get it perfect. For me, though, it was an odd juxtaposition of shapes that left me questioning why you would want a bowl in the center of this expanse of flatness.
|Solar Flare #2
AAW Premier Wood Auction
|Mojave will be in the AAW auction on night one, July 12th
June 27, 2019: One of mine and Mike’s collaborative pieces, Mojave, will be in the AAW (American Association of Woodturners) Premier Wood Auction taking place on July 12, 2019. It is taking place during the AAW’s 33rd Annual Woodturning Symposium being held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The symposium runs July 11–14, 2019. Bid on any of the pieces you like, or just enjoy the experience of seeing some wonderful woodturned art.
|Mojave, top view
Mike and I have been in the AAW's auction for several years now and it's always fun, interesting, and nerve-racking when our pieces take their turn on the auction block.
If you happen to make your way to the event itself, down in Raleigh, NC, Mike will be giving three demos on making hollow forms, and will be one of several reviewing critics at the symposium with whom you can get a critique of your work, preregistration required.
Turned and Burned
|Rocky Point, maple burl
|Patera, olive wood
Small Treasures Exhibit 2018
An Exhibition of Small Wood Wonders
|Edge of the World, Buckeye Burl, bottom view
The three collaboration pieces that have been included are Edge of the World, Underworld, and Sunstorm.
One of our pieces is also featured in a new book titled Masters of Contemporary Wood Art, which was published in September 2018.