The most important point in the creation of my work is the moment just before a project begins. Whatever skill, experience, and design capabilities I have, now come into play as I take the first step toward making a piece. Once the direction is set, I move forward with my initial intentions and make changes when necessary.
A particular painting may not be beautiful to everyone. But that same painting will elicit a reaction: an emotion, an opinion or criticism, or an idea that will be a seed for more art. As artists, we are influenced by the creativity of others. I am careful not to allow this same influence to restrict or set limits on my work.
My current interests include hand chasing threads and coloring wood. I often combine these two disciplines while making a hollow form with a threaded lid and finial. My focus continues to move away from untouched natural wood and toward adding color, applying a sprayed and buffed, lacquered finish or applying a secondary wood as an accent.
Wyoming Wood Turner
I was born in Akron, Ohio and graduated from high school in 1968. My first woodworking project, at age 11, was a car I entered in the Akron Soap Box Derby.
I attended college in Montana on a basketball scholarship and after graduation I began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in 1973, 70 miles from the nearest town. At this time I met and married my wife, Cheryle. I coached basketball and track at Sacred Heart High School in Miles City, Montana until moving to Worland, Wyoming in 1980.
During the next 30 years, I taught at Worland High School, and coached several sports-and on the side-established Angelo Woodworking. I restored furniture, built custom cabinets, and began woodturning on a borrowed lathe. This experience provided an opportunity to replace broken chair parts and develop basic lathe skills. An interest in turning began that continues to this day. An important investment in my passion for turning was joining the American Association of Woodturners.
While working as a school counselor at Worland Middle School, I applied for grant money and developed an after school turning program. I am currently the president of the Worland Wyoming Woodturners, a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.
After 38 years in public education, I retired in 2011. I have produced in excess of 90 YouTube videos on all aspects of woodturning. I continue turn daily, write, teach, and demonstrate when those opportunities are present.
“The Cat’s Meow”
“Woodturning” (magazine U.K.)
August 2013, no 256: p. 96
BEST OF SHOW NIC FEST 2010
Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, Casper, Wyoming
PRESENTED TO SAM ANGELO June 26, 2010
Woodturning FUNdamentals, online AAW publication
September 2015 vol 4, issue 5, pp. 29-31 /woodturning.org
Member Gallery (Must be an AAW member to access)
Worland Wyoming Woodturners
2011 EOG Recipient
April 2012,vol 27, no 2
“WOODTURNING DESIGN” http://www.woodturningdesign.com/
by Sam Angelo
Converting Dry Roughouts (issue 32)
Lidded Box with a Padauk Inlay (issue 21)
Turning Manzanita Root (issue 19)
Rough-Turning and Drying Green Wood (issue 26) Summer 2010 Woodturning Design
Hand-Chasing Threads in Wood (issue 46)
Turning in a New Direction: Learning to use your
non-dominant hand (issue 49)
The Growth of Woodturning in Wyoming
October 2010, Vol. 25, No 5