Joel grew up as a ‘military brat’ living in two foreign countries and 15 schools before graduating from high school. He received a Master of Science and joined the Navy – retiring in 1992.
Joel is a descendent of a long line of woodworkers; his great grandfather, grandfather and father were skilled woodworkers and craftsmen. He believes that sawdust is in his blood. After buying a lathe four years ago, he began exploring the art and soon became totally captivated with this subset of woodworking.
The hours he spends at the lathe are magical where he can focus totally on a process and forgetting all expectations, regrets and judgments.
Joel believes that wood is a wonderful material and gift of the natural world. One of the best moments is discovering what lies beneath the outside piece of wood. Each piece as it evolves on the lathe is a revelation and unique in its own right.
“When good craftsmanship and design are applied to a chunk of spinning wood, the object is a creative leap that has great power; it soothes and elevates the soul, elicits powerful emotion and beautifies the world around it. I am a work in progress.”