Meet Stan BRUA
"Star Pattern" Bowl
Norfolk Island Pine
I've enjoyed carving birds and working on a wide variety of wooden projects for almost half a century. While on a trip out West several years ago, I observed the unique work of a number of woodturners and immediately knew that I had found a new hobby.
I have concentrated on making natural edge bowls and artistic vases out of tree burls and insect damaged logs, and find that the ugliest pieces of raw wood often yield the best end products. It's a very rewarding challenge to find what's hiding in a salvaged piece of firewood or old log. For my signature pieces, I have formulated “fauxpal” to fill in some of the natural voids in the wood, providing an iridescent accent that simulates blue opal.
When traveling, and not able to turn, I can often be found scouring the woods and debris piles looking for that perfect log or a different tree species. I recently turned a lampshade from a Norfolk Island Pine log that I found in Florida. Using scraps and smaller pieces, I have also made pepper mills, kaleidoscopes, wine bottle stoppers, crab mallets and rolling pins.
I recently joined the Worcester County Arts Council in hopes of meeting other woodturners to enhance my skills.