From Wingtips to Work Boots

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Phil Gautreau, whose turned platters are featured within the
Gallery of situation #259, was within the midst of a profitable profession
in health-care administration when he began taking woodworking

“It was infectious—I actually liked the liberty to design and
create one thing with my arms,” he says.

“Finally I used to be spending extra weekends within the store, my abilities
improved, and 4 years in the past, proper round my 50th birthday,
after some cautious planning, I made a decision to swap my wingtips for
work boots and begin my very own woodworking enterprise.”

His store is positioned within the coronary heart of Brooklyn, N.Y., the place one
supply of the burl wooden he makes use of for his turned vessels and
platters is the close by Brooklyn Botanic Backyard. “When bushes are
broken from storms or want trimming because of age, I work
with their arborists to make use of in my turned items,” he says.
Different wooden comes from farther afield, such because the maple burl he
used within the platters. That got here from Columbia County, about two
hours north of his store.

Maple burl platters featured in the gallery of FWW #259. Photo by Fiorenzio BorghiMaple burl platters featured within the
gallery of FWW #259. Photograph by Fiorenzio Borghi

Should you look via his gallery of labor at, you’ll
see a number of vessels and bowls of all sizes and shapes. The
platters are a comparatively new wrinkle. As Gautreau describes
it, “The design inspiration for these two maple burl platters
was extra of an accident than a plan. I’d meant to show two
saucer-shaped hole kinds, however the wooden clean thickness was
higher suited to the open platter kind.” Since each items bought
rapidly, he’s began making extra.

Gautreau grew up in New England, the place he picked up the
woodworking interest from his father. “He’s an authentic
do-it-yourselfer nonetheless residing in the home designed and constructed
by my grandfather. My Dad and I labored on initiatives in our wooden
store and it was via his instance I realized a easy idea:
“construct and restore,” moderately than ‘discard and change.’ That’s
additionally the place I found the complexities and the tactile magnificence
of wooden, and the place I developed my inventive intuition to make
purposeful items.”

To see extra of Gautreau’s work, launch the slide present beneath.

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