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ron overholtz, woodturnerI was born and raised in various beach towns in Southern California. Several long backpacks in my early teens led me to realize that the remote deserts and mountains of the Eastern Sierra needed to be my true home. After several years of rock climbing in Yosemite I moved to the high desert town of Bishop located between the 14,000 foot Sierra Nevada and White mountains.

My interest in wood began with several years making wine racks and cabinets. In 1990 I bought my first lathe and fell in love with the process of taking a solid piece of wet wood and creating bowl and vessel forms. I am self taught with the help of several videos and books. In 1992 I was fortunate to attend the American Association of Woodturners national symposium in Provo, Utah. I was inspired by the creativity and innovation I saw from many world renowned wood artists. I have attended several more symposiums since then.

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I have been selling my work at fine craft shows and galleries since 1991. I travel throughout California and Nevada with my wife Nancy, a wildlife watercolorist, to market my work. I have articles and photographs published in the "American Association of Woodturners Journal", "More Woodturning" and the British magazine "Woodturning". When not in my studio I hike, ski and climb in the mountains near home.

Growing up on the Pacific Coast I have always been influenced by Asian design. All cultures use the vessel form for practical purposes. Most of my woodturnings explore the hollow vessel object with and without a lid. The lidded pieces always hold the promise of what might be concealed within. Most of my pieces are created entirely on the lathe. This simple machine allows for the rapid removal of wood to reveal the final shape. It is a subtractive process of searching for the final refined curve. This is the most demanding point when a subtle shift in curve profile can make the difference between a successful object and a rejected piece.

I usually work on an intimate scale creating objects that are best appreciated in the hand. The warmth and beauty of the wood needs to compliment the tactile feels of the vessel. I am drawn to the quietness and simplicity of the hollow vessel.

Recently I have been exploring the addition of surface texturing and alternate materials such as stone and bamboo. I anticipate future work to involve an ever widening vocabulary of sculptural expression.

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Cottonwood Burl
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Buckeye Burl Hollow Vessel
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Norfolk Island Pine Wood Vessel
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Aspen Vessel with Turquoise Inlay
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Maple Burl Hollow Vessel with African Blackwood and Stone Lid
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Maple Hollow Vessel with African Blackwood and Bamboo Lid
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