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John Dickinson

"I love the beauty of grain and color in wood. I love to manipulate a solid block of wood into a shape that pleases my eye. Woodturning allows me to experience my urge to create something beautiful. There is a closeness, an organic connection that comes with part of nature. Man and nature can coexist in art.

"The lathe is the primary tool I use for shaping wood. I also carve and burn textures into the surface. The finish is a hand-buffed oil that imparts a lustrous sheen to the vessel.

"The question of functionality often arises. To create a thing of pure beauty is enough. Woodturning can transcend 'craft' and successfully challenge the art world. This is my goal."