A Focus on Hidden Talent
Feature in February 1996 Woodturning Magazine
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FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT
OF THE ABOVE ARTICLE:
Oriental pagodas and Byzantine domes
have strongly influenced the ornamental
work of Texas turner James Harris.
James Harris finds ornamental turning to
be the most satisfying form of woodworking, having been hooked in 1988
when he was given a Holtzapffel book on
At first he experimented with simple ornamentation, using a high speed grinder fitted
with drills and router bits.
But in 1990, he invested in a Grizzly
machinist's lathe and adapted it for ornamental turning with an indexing system and
a universal cutter frame.
With a degree in civil engineering from the
University of Texas, James has a natural
interest in architecture.
His work has been strongly influenced by
oriental pagodas, by classical architecture and
Byzantine domes. The ornamentation has
been "carefully selected to support and
enhance the architectural flavour of the piece".
James describes his current goal as "to
make work which speaks to my heart... , to
continue to refine my processes and to use the
techniques of ornamental turning to be an
integral part of the total design rather than
some afterthought to display exotic techniques.
"If I succeed in any degree, I am blessed to
be but a willing instrument of a greater source
of creativity than my fragile ego can ever
aspire to be."
Albert LeCoff is the co-founder and
Executive Director of the Wood Turning
Center in Philadelphia.
He selects the photographs for this
feature from the Center's archives.
Wherever you are in the world, if you feel
you are a Hidden Talent, send colour
slides with brief details of your life and
Albert LeCoff, Hidden Talent,
42 West Coulter Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19144 USA.
Accepted photos will not be returned.
will be returned if a
stamped, addressed envelope or
international reply coupon is supplied.
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