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Featuring  Master Craftsman,  Douglas Newlove

Featuring Master Craftsman, Douglas Newlove

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With great sadness we announce that Douglas Newlove has passed away.  The items on this site are no longer available for sale.  A tribute to Doug is planned for Saturday May 2, 2009 at the Rennaisance Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre from 2:00 - 5:30 pm. His work will be exhibited.   All friends and collegues are welcome. Light refreshments will be served and  parking is free.  In his memory donations can be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital or to the Trans Canada Trail.  Details to come, please re-visit this site for updated information. 

Fromat/ Agenda: Open informal format.  Comments scheduled from 3 to 4 pm approximately.

Hotel Address:  801 Dixon Rd., Toronto Ont. M9W 1J5 416-675-6100 www.renaissancetorontoairport.com , park close to  the Conference Centre entrance, disregard the pay machines and register your car when you enter the Conference centre. 

onations to Princess Margaret Hospital can be made by going to www.pmhf.ca.  Go to the Donate page.  You may leave a Tribute in Memory of Douglas Newlove .  

Donations to the Trans Canada Trail:  If you wish to make a donation to the Trans Canada Trail that goes towards the purchase of metres of this trail, please visit   www.tctrail.ca.   To add to a group memorial for Doug, you can contact Nicole Racine by email  nicole@trtrail.ca  or call 1-800-465-3636 ext 4347.


 Feel free to send further inquiries to  treasuredturnings@gmail.com


Obituary Douglas Newlove

Obituary Douglas Newlove


APRIL 22 1948- MARCH 30 2009

With great sorrow we announce the death of Douglas who passed away on March 30, 2009.  Doug was predeceased by his father, William, his mother Mae (Goodden) and 3 brothers, Grant, David, and Mel.  He will be sorely missed by his wife Sharon (nee Turner) his sister-in-laws Diane and Rose Anna, his Uncle Joe and six nieces and nephews.

After earning degrees from the University of Toronto and York University he began his elementary school teaching career and served with the York Region Board of Education for  30 years.  He taught young hands the fundamental skills of Wood Shop as well as other academic subjects.  Doug is best known for his passion for woodturning where he would create beautiful bowls, hollow forms and other art objects. He was a founding member of the Woodturners Guild of Ontario in Markham, and an active member of the Golden Horseshoe Woodturners Guild of Burlington and the Toronto Woodturners Guild.  He was also a member of the AAW, American Association of Woodturners and WOW, the World of Woodturners. He frequently traveled to international symposiums that were attended by world recognized professional turners.  He won many awards for his work, authored several articles and was sought after to do demonstrations and offer advice and guidance to others.  He was very highly regarded in this field and his passing will leave a void.  

His other interests included target shooting, racecar driving, photography, stained glass and fishing.   

Cremation has taken place.  A tribute to celebrate his life and to exhibit his work will be held on Saturday May 2, 2009 from 2:00 to 5:30 pm at the Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre on Dixon Road in West Toronto. Parking is free and refreshments will be served.   All friends and colleagues are encouraged to attend.  In Doug’s honour donations can be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital or the Trans Canada Trail. Further details will be posted at www.treasuredturnings.com.

This spectacular South West style hollow form is made from "spalted" hard Maple. Spalting is a natural phenomenon that sometimes develops in the tree, usually after it is dead and left to rest in the right forest conditions. The spalting patterns are unique and unpredicatable and often result in wonderful designs of black, grey, blue, and sometimes pink lines.

The rim of this piece is made from segments of white Holly and black Wenge that have been precisely cut and joined. 

Making this object was an involved process.  The maple bottom was first "rough turned" on the lathe and hollowed leaving extra wall thickness to accommodate the wood movement as it dries. It was allowed to dry for one year. The vessel was then remounted and 'trued-up". The rim was then applied and the final shape was produced. Careful sanding followed. Several coats of polymerized tung oil were applied. Lastly it was buffed and polished to a high lustre.  

This open natural edge bowl features spectalur grain patterns brought about by time and the effect of nature on the development of "burls", or growth obstructions on the willow tree.  A pleasing shape and a flawless finish.  
Chocolate Walnut
This Walnut Natural Edged Bowl is as delicate as an eggshell.  The walls are turned thin as waffers and the bark looks like shaved chocolate.  A treasure. 

These forms below required great skill on behalf of the craftsman in using his tools to hollow out the centre of these graceful vessels.  Made from Spalted Maple with black ebony rims.

Hand Made in Canada

On this site you will find remarkable vessels and forms that reveal nature's beauty captured in wood.  The artist selects prized Canadian and Exotic hardwoods that contain special and rare features in grain and texture.  Each piece is discriminantly chosen, designed, shaped, dried and final turned.  The piece is then buffed and polished to a flawless finish.  These one of a kind vessels would grace any home or office and make unique gifts and enduring treasured possessions. 

Many people have complimented Douglas for the attention he pays to his shapes and forms and to the superb quality of his finishes. Collectors in Finland, Germany, England, Hong Kong, Canada, the United States and elsewhere are proud owners of his work. 

 You will not be disappointed!

"Red Crescent"

"Red Crescent"

This "Box Elder Burl" bowl is a true wonder of nature.  The wonderful red colour is spectacular and naturally occurring!  Studies into the cause of the red pigment are inconclusive. It has been suggested that it is a result of the  tree being under stress,  perhaps part of a prevention or healing process, or a fungal infestation. 

This piece was  designed  and then the wood is rough turned and left to dry for one year under careful conditions to minimize warping and cracking.  Then it is final turned, and sanded, and sanded, and sanded, and re-sanded, and then three coats of special laquer finish is applied to beautify and preserve the piece. Careful buffing finishes the process and leaves the bowl with a flawless glow.  

' Natural Edge Willow Burl"

Nature has created wonderful character and images in the birds eye grain of this bark edge willow burl bowl.