Ed Pretty

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Woodturning became a part of my skill set at the age of nine when my father gave me my first instruction in the craft. Since that time I have always been drawn to turned objects as a way of showing off those qualities that make wood such an attractive medium. I have found that woodturnings tend to be very tactile: people enjoy their appearance, but more often than not want to hold or - more accurately - fondle turned objects to experience the feel of their surface and form.

In my shop in Langley, BC, I enjoy working almost exclusively with local woods - and if not native, at least grown locally. In addition to taking advantage of the exciting grain patterns in figured wood, I more often than not will colour the wood using dyes or texture the surface in some way. Rather than overpowering the wood grain itself, dyes actually enhance the "chatoyance" of figured grain, adding a visual dimension.

By texturing the surface of a piece in various ways I am able to further engage the sense of touch beyond that of the form itself. At times I will combine both colour and texture in a piece. More and more I am finding the turned form a starting point rather than the finished product. Woodturning allows me to explore not only the appearance of wood, but also the sensations of colour, form and texture. It is my hope that my work allows others to do the same.