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Mike Cope

I came to my wood art after 35 plus years in the basic science side of medical education. The wood turning exercises the opposite side of my brain than I used all those years. My craft allows me to create objects that are beautiful examples of the varieties of colors and patterns found in wood. The studio name – “C” (See) The Grain – derives from this idea; and the logo contains my initials.

I take two approaches to my wood turning. My favorite approach is to find a gnarly piece of wood and let its inner beauty come out. The second approach is to take a section of a log, split it in half and turn the two pieces differently.  These “fraternal twins”- one a natural edge bowl and the other a straight edge bowl - reveal the same graining in two distinct patterns. For both approaches I prefer to use green wood, turn the bowl to its final dimensions and allow each piece as it dries to warp to its own unique shape. With either approach I am attempting to coax out of the wood a lithe agile form that has volume without mass. All my bowls are treated with salad bowl finish because it gives a soft luster and they are food safe.

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maple bowl

Maple Natural Edge Bowl

box elder bowl

Box Elder Natural Edge Bowl

walnut hollow vessel

Walnut Hollow Vessel

walnut tray

Walnut Tray

cherry burl vase

Cherry Burl Vase

walnut set

Walnut Bowl, Coaster, and Stopper

cherry burl bowl

Cherry Burl Bowl

cherry bowl

Cherry Bowl

cherry hollow form

Cherry Burl Hollow Form

walnut bowl

Natural-edge Walnut Bowl

walnut bowl

Walnut Flat-rimmed Bowl

 wingedwalnut bowl

Winged Walnut Bowl

winged walnut bowl

Winged Walnut Bowl

osage orange vase

Osage Orange Vase

cedar bowl

Winged Cedar Bowl

cedar vase

Cedar Vase

cherry burl bowl

Cherry Burl Bowl

cherry burl bowl

Cherry Burl Bowl

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