Hello, my name is Richard Morris. I am from the Louisville Kentucky area, but now reside in Crystal River, Florida. While attending high school I received my first taste of making things from wood. I took every industrial arts class offered during high school. While taking classes I discovered I had a passion for creating things for other to view and enjoy.
I have been working with wood for over 38 years. My primary focus is on items turned on the lathe, bowls, vases, hats, hollow vessels, etc. I work with exotic woods from all around the world, trying to create the right item from a given piece of nature.
My work is divided into two types of items. The first is utilitarian, which are items that serve a useful purpose.
The second and more prominent type is wooden works with an artistic flair. These are items that will peak a particular interest in the observer. This is work that requires a bit more thought into the theme of the piece, the type of wood, the type of hand done enhancements, and the type of tools necessary to accomplish the desired results.
Most of my artwork is accomplished by three methods of enhancements to the wood; pierce carving, power carving and air brush painting. With pierce carving the wood has to be very thin. As the name implies, a high-speed air driven dental drill with a carbide bit is used to pierce the wood and carve shapes. This is all hand done, without the use of a laser.
The second is power carving the piece to achieve the desired results. This involves the use of high-speed air driven rotary tools. Different types of bits are used in these tools to accomplish a particular task. Most all of my carvings are achieved only after practicing on a piece of basswood to determine if I can produce the desired results. If not, I take classes to improve my skills and if that does not work I change ideas. After the piece is carved there are hours and days of sanding involved to complete the piece. Most of my art is finished with a clear satin lacquer. This finish is very durable to the elements, and does not show fingerprints when handled.
Third is using an airbrush to add color when needed. I use primarily transparent paint so the grain of the wood will still show through. Each of these methods can be used alone or in combination with one another to achieve the desired results.
My ideas come from the world around me, things I see, hear, and feel. I get ideas and new techniques from other professional wood turners. I attend seminars and workshops for woodturning around the country throughout the year. I believe in keeping up with the newest and latest techniques. Only when you expand your knowledge can you expand your ideas.
Not only do I enjoy learning new turning techniques one must also give back to the wood turning community. I enjoy teaching others by offering woodturning classes and woodturning demos. There are also wood turning how to guides on this website. Browse through the galleries and the educational information. If you don’t see what you are looking for let me know and I will try to add it.