transformation

THE ARTIST - JO MURTO

PHILOSOPHY

I gather a lot of wood from urban trees that have unique stories.  They have been removed due to disease, urban growth, or an incident.   Sentimental landowners have commissioned pieces.  Post-consumer recycled wood is another source for me.  Broken furniture or scraps from builders destined for the landfill are welcomed materials.  Whether urban tree or recycled wood, transforming the shape and design is sustainable and compelling.

CONTINUING TO GROW AS AN ARTIST AND TURNER

Trial and error are great teachers, but sharing with other artists is invaluable.   

Member:    American Association of Woodturners

    Pikes Peak Art Council 

Pikes Peak Woodturners, Board Member

ART 111 Gallery & Art Supply

JO'S  WOODTURNING DESIGNS

ABOUT JO'S  WOODTURNING DESIGNS

I began turning in an adult education class early in 2008.  At first it was a weekly activity.  Soon I purchased a medium weight lathe and began turning at home, giving my pieces to family and friends.  In 2015, I upgraded my lathe and officially launched Jo's Woodturning Designs as a business.  Recently retired from teaching, the art of woodturning now has my full attention.       


PLANNED SPONTANEITY  

Starting a piece with a finished product in mind, and then discovering something entirely different is often the norm.
Virgin wood continues to breath and move long after the tree falls, while recycled wood is quite seasoned, so each turning offers a one-of-a-kind design.