Orlan Johnson, Wood Working

Orlan Johnson wood display

I was a wood worker my whole life, but did not do any turning until I took a class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in 2009.  In 2010 I started turning in earnest, and now I have 3 lathes, and turn several days a week.  I started and became the President of the Chapel Hill Woodturners in 2011. I have found that the lathe is a great way to get to the soul of a piece of wood and expose the true beauty.  The challenge, and therefore the fun, is to figure out the best way to work with the wood to get the most out of it.  I have a lot of failures, but the successes make it worthwhile.  My skill as a woodturner in combination with wood’s unique character has enabled me to express myself in creating one of a kind pieces of wood sculpture that are pleasing to view and touch. I also create useful and pleasant to look at pieces such as my cutting boards and bowls.  I use a substantial amount of recycled or scrap wood in my work.

Orlan Johnson

Orlan Johnson

Orlan Johnson, Wood Working