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John Lucas

A student of photography and architecture, John Lucas has turned his love for aesthetics into his gallery-quality turnings. John is also the woodturning forum host at WOOD Online.

John Lucas, The Artful Turner

John Lucas, The Artful Turner

John Lucas has been playing in wood for 35 years and turning for more than 25. He started woodworking as a hobby, making odds and ends for an apartment while going to school for a degree in Physical Education. Buying a Shopsmith after college, he put together a fairly complete workshop in the back room of a two-bedroom apartment. Amazingly, the neighbors put up with all the noise. Some sort of woodworking area has been present ever since.

Eventually, John began working as a full time photographer for Tennessee Tech University. This allowed for a close working relationship with the Appalachian Center for Crafts, which he credits for the level of his woodworking today. The instructors and students produced a high level of work that provided inspiration and information. It was there that John was also introduced to the American Association of Woodturners, along with the Tennessee Association of Woodturners.


 

A creative release through the craft of woodturning

A creative release through the craft of woodturning

In studying photography and architecture, John examined Ansel Adams and Frank Lloyd Wright extensively. He explains, "These men learned the basics of their trade thoroughly before advancing their respective art forms. In my own woodturning I applied this attitude. I spent years playing with many different techniques in wood." By attending symposiums, reading the latest magazines, and later venturing into the shop to master a particular skill, John was able to advance his ability. This allowed for the freedom to explore and create a large variety of work including one-of-a-kind pieces. Many of these embodied a specific technique or emphasized a particular species of wood.

Today, with precise skills, John can build almost anything. The question now becomes what to do with these skills; create high-quality crafts or conceptual pieces, perhaps teach? This question will remain unanswered for now. John is simply enjoying his time turning, building and sharing what he has learned with others.

John Lucas
Baxter, TN

Pay a visit to WOOD's Woodturning forum, where John serves as the forum host.


 

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