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Spotted Maple

Dewey Heetderks's avatar Dewey Heetderks

At seventy-five, I started a new hobby of making hand-carved bowls. I learned to work with maple, one of the hardest wood species. Some of the tools used to create the wooden bowl are a lathe, a gouge, and a scraper. The lathe helps to form the outside of the bowl, while the gouge and scraper help make a recess on the inside of the bowl. Common wood defects, such as a fungus infestation, can cause spots, bark inclusion, or streaking on the wood, producing interesting effects. I enjoy the creative process of starting with a small log and, eight hours later, ending with a unique, hand-carved object. As a former surgeon, woodworking seems to be a natural creative outlet. In art as well as in life, the rustic simplicity of the work portrays the beauty within imperfections. A special thanks to Kent County Veterans Services, Zero Day, Finish the Mission, West Michigan Veterans Coalition, Breton Woods Holland Home, Has Heart, and Healing in Arts for making this collaboration of veteran stories possible.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 7.5 inches
  • Medium: Woodturning
  • Width: 1/4 inch
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 7.5 inches