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Welcome to the world of Tom's Turnings!
Tom is a woodturner from Cecil County, Maryland. A life-long woodworker, Tom discovered woodturning in the early 2000's, and was instantly hooked on this wonderful hobby. He began making pens, then branched into bowls, hollow vessels, goblets, Christmas ornaments, candlestick holders, lamps, etc. Since then, he has made thousands of pens, and more bowls, vases, and goblets than he can remember. For Tom, it's more about the challenge of trying new things, than making the same things over and over. Figuring out new techniques, creating specialty tools, and teaching the techniques to others is as enjoyable as actually creating the products!
A few years ago, Tom stumbled into the world of miniatures. Initially, he became interested in seeing how small he could make things. He then discovered an entire world of miniatures enthusiasts, and his obsession evolved towards turning accurate, 1:12 scale reproductions rather than simply making things that are small. Tom created many of the tools and techniques that he uses for this task, and is now in the process of writing a book that details these topics. While waiting for it to become available, check out SomeLikeItSmall; a page by one of Tom's friends, who ultimately is responsible for guiding him into the world of miniatures in the first place! There, you'll see some amazing pictures of miniatures as small as 1:144 scale, as well as lots of links to pages by many, many amazing miniatures artists.
Prior to moving to Maryland, Tom was the president (as well as webmaster, photographer, and videographer) of the the Atlantic Shore Woodturners, in Lakewood, NJ - a wonderful club, full of wonderful members. For anyone in the central-shore area of NJ who is interested in woodturning, this is a club you should really look into! Be sure to check out their gallery pages and their page on Facebook.
In 2016, two of Tom's pieces won First and Second place in the US Army Arts and Crafts competion.
Tom's work can be seen at the Arts By The Bay art gallery, in Havre de Grace, Maryland. This is a wonderful cooperative gallery, filled with works by local artists from the Cecil and Harford County areas. If you're in the area, stop in, and check things out. Since the gallery is often staffed by the artists, there's a good chance you might see Tom there!
Tom is also a moderator on the Yahoo! discussion group: TurningAndTalking, and frequent contributor on the TurnSmall group. If you're interested in great discussions on woodturning and miniatures, these groups are great places to find them! There are several other groups, such as Creative Woodturning, Bottlestoppers, and Pens, that are worth checking out as well.
For more information, or to place an order, contact Tom at TomsTurnings@twjones.us.
Did you know that Tom is a published author, too? Take a look here, if you'd like to see information about his two young adult books, in the Delena books series. You can also check out Tom's author page, on Amazon.