Thursday, March 19, 2009

Artist Bio: Fred

Fred Lee of The FamiLee Jewels is an accomplished carpenter and woodworker.

A bout with a serious illness (Fred is a 6 year colon cancer survivor) pushed him to work on smaller projects.

Fred attended the Annual Showcase for the Northeast Woodworkers Association where he became interested in wood turning. He met product vendors and wood turners both amateur and professional .

He began taking classes and attending meetings of the Wood turners group.

Fred began turning pen and pencil sets, wine bottle stoppers, corkscrews, letter openers, and coffee scoops. He is also experimenting with making decorative bowls and boxes with fitted lids.

Fred uses a variety of hardwoods for his projects, tulip wood, ebony and cocobolo are among his favorites. he has also turned pieces from acrylic, deer antler, and even bowling ball material.
Woodturning also brings out Fred's artistic tendencies. The turning process begins with a single block of wood placed on a 900 rpm lathe. Using etchers, gougers, and scrapers, he shaves and forms the wood, creating a beautiful and functional piece. Each item is then sealed with a protective finish; Fred favors polyurethane, shellac wax, lacquer, and wood oil.

Fred also enjoys building small carpentry projects such as birdhouses and bird feeders.
His work will be featured in our new etsy store Feather the Nest which will be opening April 4Th.

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