Artist Statement

I didn’t set out to become a woodturner, many years ago I started out building wooden surfboards with my family (yes I did say wood) in Hawaii in the 1950’s. One of the advantages for me growing up in Hawaii was witnessing the everyday usage of wood, from kitchen utensils, furniture and surfing. Fast forward to me now living in Western Pennsylvania for the last 45 years with my dear wife who has afforded me the time to explore woodturning as an art form.

Looking for another creative outlet in the early 1980’s I started dabbling in woodturning and boy I was horrible at it until my break through when I realized that my lathe is just another tool, and it is the artisans creative mindset that needs to be understood and set free. When I finally merged my previous influence from Hawaii and my passion for woodturning I realized I wanted to become a full time studio artist when I grew up.

My present day work has been influenced by many including the likes of David Ellsworth, Stoney Lamar, John Jordan, Michael Lee and the Alain Mailland’s of the world. And I will continue to explore this art form as my work evolves.

Mahalo to the many that have supported me in my endeavors.

Edric Nalani Florence