Born and raised in Germany, I appreciated for 3 years as a woodturner and became a journey-man woodturning after successfully completing my apprenticeship. During my German career as a wood turner, I mostly turned functional pieces, such as door– and drawer knobs, table and chair legs, balusters and candlesticks, using gouges and skews. After the war, when Danish Modern Furniture became the vogue, I cross-trained to become a stone- and brick mason and made my living that way in Germany, and in the United States after my immigration to the U.S. Shortly before retiring, I bought a wood lathe at a school auction and started and started turning again, and I have been at it ever since for the past 30 years.
Since my retirement to Arizona in 1989, I have been turning in earnest, for the first time artistically, making segmented bowls, based on Native American pottery designs, fancy lace-top boxes and a wide variety of Christmas ornaments. I also like to turn green wood, vases and hollow forms. I have since branched out into creating large wood sculptures, incorporating sand stone and turnings.
I have been a member of the Havasu Art Guild since 1989, and have won a number of blue ribbons and two best of show ribbons at our annual juried Spring Shows. My work has been displayed in galleries in Carmel., CA. and Sisters, OR, and is still being displayed and sold in Carefree, AZ., Oatman, AZ, Sedona, AZ and Lake Havasu City, AZ. My work has also been featured in the August 2012 and July 2014 editions of “Woodturning” a British Magazine which is published by GMC Publications (website is www.thegmcgroup.com.)
I have also been chosen as a demonstrator for the American Woodturners Associations, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and have also demonstrated for various Woodturners Clubs in Arizona, Montana, Minnesota and North Dakota. I have declined demonstrating since I reached 80 years of age.