About the Art of Woodturning and the Woodturner


Woodturning is an ancient craft that  produces symetrically round shapes such as spindles and vessels.    "Turning' is carving an object from a solid piece of wood that is 'spinning" or "turning" on a lathe.  The craftsman uses specialized blades and tools to turn off the exterior or turn out the interior until the desired shape is achieved.  This craft requires considerable knowledge and skill, and desired results are only attained with great effort and practice.    It takes years of dedication and patience to produce items of appreciation. The craft can be very dangerous if attempted without proper guidance and supervision. 


Doug  Newlove is an avid woodturner who resides in  Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. He has honed his skills over the last 30 years by trial and error, by attending various turning seminars, and by taking many hands-on courses with professional tutors.  

Doug belongs to The Woodturners Guild of Ontario, The Golden Horseshoe Woodturners Guild and The American Association of Woodturners. He has demonstrated at club meetings, has taught to small groups, has juried as well as won woodturning competitions, and has received critical acclaim from leading professional turners and artists, including the Ontario Crafts Council in 2002. In addition Doug has published several articles on various aspects of woodturning.  

His work ranges from the functional to the artistic and includes everything from spindles and furniture components, to bowls and platters, to hollow vessels, and segmented, polychromatic pieces. Much of his work is in the hands of private collectors in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Germany and Hong Kong.  

Doug never tires of the joy he gets from turning a piece of wood on the lathe and bringing to light the beauty Mother Nature has hidden in it. Creating with such a wonderful warm material as wood gives him great pleasure. To see the connection between a magnificent living tree and the objects of art is what the creative process is about for him. He hopes his work brings the viewer the same feeling of warmth and pleasure it was intended to when he created it. 

He is constantly experimenting with new techniques and methods. Such things as airbrushing on coloured dyes, stains and paints, applying various metallic leaf coatings, adding other materials like epoxy and stone to the turnings, using lasers to judge wall thicknesses, piercing the work with dental drills, sandblasting, carving, and so on, keeps him enthused and involved. He believes that one should never stop learning, and that even beginners can teach the teacher.  

Doug’s mantra is that everyone has a creative spirit within him or her that is just waiting to be let out. All that is required is the right time, place and circumstance.