As a woodturner, I prefer all of my materials to be naturally occurring.  I use domestic woods for all of my “green” wood open-form bowls and closed hollow forms, most provided to me by friends and neighbors. 


For segmented turnings, I use kiln dried domestic woods and upon occasion, exotic species when a particular contrast or effect is desired.


As an outdoor person, I’m often inspired by natural elements and am amazed by what nature provides in downed trees.  I like to think that I give a dying or dead tree new life by repurposing it into a fresh bowl or vessel.


I continue to improve my technique and work with the grain patterns in the log to determine the final shape of a bowl in order to feature unusual wood anomalies.

Mark Hilligoss