Touching the Past
The ground work for "History in the Making" was laid many years ago when Jim completed a BA in history. A life long connection to Georgian Bay, water, boats and sailing lead to work at a marina repairing wooden boats and then to Nova Scotia to work in a small shipyard. Finally a return home to start a woodworking business. There were many side trips but those are other stories. From furniture he downsized to a wood turning studio and that has been his passion for the last two decades.
Early in his wood turning career he came across a technique called concentric ring lamination (more about that here if you are interested) and this has been his focus ever since. In exploring this method he found that he could take old wood and recycle it to make pieces that had stories to them. "History in the Making" has developed from creating works from wood that has escaped the firewood pile or the landfill.
Some of the wood is the roughest imaginable. Some has exquisite grain patterns. Some are very plain. It is their stories that make them unique. This show is not about wood turning, it is about the wood. Jim decided that where possible he would use the simple charger to show off these woods and on the backs of these chargers he would put the stories. He also wanted the viewers to consider the purchase of the charger sets so that they could own this wood from the past.
On this website you can read the stories and see how Jim has used the wood to create his pieces. If you wish to see more work by Jim or find out more about how he creates his turnings please visit his website here or visit his Youtube channel here.