When I was fifteen years old I was helping my father clean out our garage. His instructions were to throw out anything that hadn’t been used in the past year. I,
being an obedient teenager followed his directions. This was my first experience with a lathe. My father had an old lathe in the garage. I proceeded to put it in the throw away pile and it got carted off to the dumps. Needless to say, my father was furious by my mother came to my rescue and reminded him of what he had told me to do. I shudder to think of what I might have become had I recognized the value of the lathe and put it to work.
Many, many years later I became very interested in wood turning. I have been a member of the Nor Cal Wood Turners Association since 2001. I served on the board for two years and I have been a mentor for the past 13 years. I have a small studio in my garage with a separate turning room where I control the temperature and the wood dust. I use a dust collector system connected to my lathe. I use a large Stubby lathe and a smaller One Way lathe with various hand tools to turn my wood pieces. In addition to these tools I use the Beale Buffing System which I find the most natural to enhance the grain and color or the wood without altering it.
My goal is to share the beauty of wood by showing my turnings. Often the wood will determine the character of the piece and I just follow its lead. I use downed wood that I find locally.
PHIL SARGENT — WOOD TURNER
See my work at Noel Flynn Gallery and Frame Shop, 225 Vernon ST. Roseville, CA 95678
Mediums: Woodturning and Pyrography