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MICHAEL MUMFORD

WOOD TURNING

 

As a young boy, I spent a great deal of time in the basement workshop working with wood and making different objects. My parents always encouraged my brothers and I to work with our hands. I spent a lot of time building models, airplanes, rockets and military vehicles. My Father did build a few full-size boats that I would help with while learning some additional wood working techniques. 

 

Joining the USCG and coming to Traverse City, meeting my wife and being stationed in Florida and Texas, I knew that I would retire here.  Arriving back here in 2003, I now had a home with a workshop also wanted to pursue a new career.I decided to go back to school and get my nursing degree. As a graduation present I received a wood lathe and the rest is history. 

 

I started making single wood bowls, but found the larger pieces of wood could be expensive, so I experimented with gluing rims and laminating different woods together. I also found that taking the wood as it presents itself with cracks and knots, made the bowls more interesting. I now use a variety of local woods, including Cherry, Birdseye Maple and Walnut, along with some imported exotics from area wood retailers. Trying to pair different woods together has become both a challenge and a rewarding pursuit. I am happy to know my bowls are now being enjoyed all across the country.

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