Martin Beauford is a retired engineer with many years of experience working with wood. Woodturning has become his passion. He produces a wide range of turned items including bowls, vases, pens and other art objects. His turnings combine engineering precision and the natural beauty of wood in form, color, pattern and texture with superb execution and finish.
Martin uses multiple techniques in creating his works. Some items are turned green and finished immediately, allowing the natural drying process to shape and texture the wood. Others are roughed out green, turned extra thick and then allowed to dry for 3-9 months. After the drying process they are finish-turned.
Martin makes both utility type turnings such as salad bowls and vases, as well as artistic turnings that emphasize the form and beauty of the wood. His finish techniques range from the simple oil finish, to complex, multiple layer process finishes that enhance and give 'depth' to the figure of the wood.
Some objects are turned from exotic woods that come from all over the world. Bowls turned from the woods in this area are from trees that would otherwise be destined for firewood, the landfill or just decay away.
Martin lives with his wife in Van Alstyne, Texas and Martin is a member of the American Association of Woodturners and the Dallas Area Woodturners.
Statement of Philosophy: I enjoy the challenge of design of natural surfaces and shapes that express the potential of each piece of wood. I believes that his work should be an expression of the nature and beauty of the wood.
Inspirations: The work of Dale Nish, Richard Raffin, David Ellsworth, Mark Lindquist, Jimmy Clews and other great wood turners. He gets inspiration from nature, from pottery both modern and classical and other art.
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