A Gallery of Turned Wooden Artwork
by Rob Wallace, Woodturner




    Rob Wallace Turning Demonstration - Ames Artwalk, 2008
   Rob Wallace, Woodturner    Group of Four
   


Background:
        Rob Wallace holds a Ph.D. in Botany from Rutgers University (New Jersey), and is a biology professor at Iowa State University where he teaches courses in evolution, plant biology, plant taxonomy and systematics, economic botany, and biogeography.  He has been a woodworker since before his teen years, and enjoys all aspects of woodworking, especially woodturning.    He is an active member of the American Association of Woodturners , has served a term on the AAW's Board of Directors, is presently on the Board of Advisers, and also serves on several committees of the AAW, including  the Safety Committee and the Woodturning Fundamentals Committee, as well as serving on the AAW's benefit auction crew as an auctioneer. Locally, he has been a club member and officer of the Ames Woodworkers Club (Iowa) for over 20 years.   He has been coordinating the local group of woodturning enthusiasts since 2005, and in 2011 the 'Ames Area Woodturners' was chartered as an Official Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.  Over the past decade he has presented demonstrations on a wide range of woodturning and woodworking topics to regional and national groups.   Wallace is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames, Iowa and currently serves as President of the Board.  He participates annually in many local arts events, often by presenting live demonstrations of woodturning at various places, including the Octagon's Art Festival each September and the Ames ArtWalk in early June.

        His artwork has been displayed at the Iowa State Fair in the annual Juried Fine Art Exhibitions since 2007, in the Octagon Center For the Arts annual juried 'Clay Fiber Paper Glass Metal Wood' exhibitions, at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the MacNider Art Museum, and at other venues.  His artwork has received awards in juried exhibitions, and he continues to sell his work that is consigned at various galleries and museum shops around Iowa.


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Inquiries about artwork availability and price are welcomed.

Commissioned Artwork:

Please e-mail or phone if you would like me to produce a custom-turned,
commissioned piece, suited to your artistic or decor requirements.


Samples of some of my turned wooden forms:

 

'Tinctoria'

2007
Hollow vessel with collar and finial, 5.5 inches (14 cm) diameter, 7 inches (18 cm) tall; Argentine Osage Orange body, (Maclura tinctoria) and African Blackwood collar and finial (Dalbergia melanoxylon).

Telophase - Spalted Maple - 2007
'Telophase'

2007

First Place,
Sculpture, Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Iowa State Fair,
2007
Hemispherical bowl, carved and wood- burned;  9.25 inches (23.5 cm) in diameter, 5 inches (12.7 cm) tall; Spalted Black Maple  (Acer nigrum).
Circle's Corner- 2008 - Ziricote  ttp://www.woodturner.org/http://www.woodturner.org/
'Circle's Corner'

2008


 Turned/Sculpted bowl, 6.75 in. (17.2 cm) diameter, 4 inches (6.3 cm) tall; Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra).
Sprocket - 2008 - Ambrosia Maple
 'Sprocket'

2008
Bowl, 8 inches (20.3 cm) diameter, 3.5 inches (9 cm) tall; Ambrosia Maple
(Acer rubrum).


Dyeing to Meet You - 2013  'Dyeing to Meet You'

2013
   
 
Bowl, 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall; Maple burl (Acer sp.), aniline dyes; lacquer.
Laetis Coloris Festis - 2015  'Laetis Coloris Festis'

 2015



  

Tall Hollow Vessel with Collar, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, 14 inches (36 cm) tall; Spalted River Birch (Betula nigra); aniline dyes, maple collar; lacquer.
r http://www.woodturner.org/Fault Line - Elm - 2006   'Fault Line'

2007
Vessel, 8.25 inches (21 cm) diameter,  4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall; Elm (Ulmus fulva).



Elliptic Emergence - 2014  'Elliptic Emergence'

2014

Bowl, 8.5 inches (22 cm) diameter, 4 in. (10 cm) tall; Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa); lacquer.
Tequila Sunrise - 2011  'Tequila Sunrise'

2011

Bowl, 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 5 in. (7.5 cm) tall;  Spalted Black Maple (Acer nigrum);  aniline dyes, lacquer.
Cyclone Fantasy - Yellowheart & Redheart - 2007   'Cyclone Fantasy'

2007
Segmented Bowl 8.75 inches (22 cm) diameter, ca. 4 inches (10 cm) tall;  Yellowheart  (Zanthoxylum flavum) and black-dyed maple (Acer sp.) rim, with Redheart body (Erythroxylum sp.).



Wave Illusion - 2007 September,
 2007
 'Wave  Illusion'

 2007
Shallow, rolled-rim bowl, 9.25 inches (23.5 cm) diameter,  2.25 inches   ( 5.7 cm) tall; Tasmanian Myrtle (Nothofagus sp.).
Hemispheric Delineation - 2006 'Hemispheric
Delineation'

 2006
August,
 2008
Bowl, 9.75 inches (25 cm) diameter,  5.5 in. (14 cm) tall, Spalted black maple (Acer nigrum) and Cherry (Prunus serotina).
http://www.woodturner.oPrairie Fire - Box Elder - 2007  


'Prairie Fire'

2007



Vase/Hollow Vessel, 6 inches (15 cm) diameter,  7 inches (18 cm) tall; Box Elder (Acer negundo).
Atoll in Ash - Ash - 2007

'Atoll in Ash'

2007


Bowl, 8.5 inches (16.5 cm) diameter,  2 in. (5 cm) tall;
Ash (Fraxinus americana).

Perianth - 2011 'Perianth'

2011

Sculpted Bowl, 9.5 inches (24 cm) diameter, 4.5 in. (11 cm) tall; Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

http://www.woodturner.org/Vivid Vessel of Virtue - 2015  'Vivid Vessel of Virtue'

2015

Best in Metal/Wood Media Award, "Iowa Craft 42" Exhibit, Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, 2015-2016

Hollow Vessel with Collar, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, 6 in. (15 cm) tall;
Spalted Black Maple (Acer nigrum); aniline dyes, gold leaf, lacquer.
Portal to the Heart - Box Elder and Bloodwood - 2007http://www.woodturner.org/  'Portal to the Heart'

2007
Vessel, 6 inches (15 cm) diameter, 7 in. (18 cm) tall; Box Elder (Acer negundo), with Bloodwood (Brosimum rubescens) collar.

Get in Treble - Cherry and Brass Inlay - 2007
'Get in Treble'

2007


  Donated to the Central
 Iowa Symphony Fundraising Auction, Sept. 2007
Platter, 12 inches (30 cm) diameter, 2 in. (5 cm) tall; Cherry (Prunus serotina), with inlayed antique brass treble clef and 'brass band'.
Stella Pulchra Gracilis - 2015  'Stella Pulchra Gracilis'

2015
Hollow Vessel with collar, 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 6 in. (15 cm) tall; Black Cherry (Prunus serotina); maple and black dye; lacquer.
Beaded Bowl - 2015 'Beaded Bowl'

2015


 Bowl, 5 inches (12.7 cm) diameter, 5 in. (12.7 cm) tall;
Spalted Hackberry (
Celtis  occidentalis); black gesso, lacquer.
Opposing Waves - 2008 'Opposing Waves'

2008
Hollow vessel with collar, 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10.1 cm) tall; Russian Olive (Eleagnus angustifolia) and African Blackwood collar (Dalbergia melanoxylon).
Octomerous - 2008 'Octomerous'

2008
Carved-rim Bowl, 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 3.25 in. (8.2 cm) tall; Cherry (Prunus serotina).
Eucalyptus Explosion - 2015
'Eucalyptus Explosion'

2015
Bowl, 8 inches (20 cm) x 9 inches (22.5 cm) , 2 in. (5 cm) tall; Ribbed-Fruited Mallee Burl (Eucalyptus corrugata).
Spaltastic Sphere - 2015 'Spaltastic Sphere'

2015
Sphere, ca. 3.5 inches (8.6 cm) diameter;; Spalted Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), lacquer.
Fungal Fantasy - 2008 - Spalted Maple
'Fungal Fantasy'

2008
Hollow vessel with collar, 6 inches (15.2 cm) diameter, 3.5 inches (8.7 cm) tall; Spalted Black Maple (Acer nigrum) and African Blackwood collar (Dalbergia melanoxylon).
Falling Knots - 2008 - Elm
'Falling Knots'

2008
Hollow Vessel, 11 inches (27.9 cm) diameter, 4.5 in. (11.5 cm) tall; Elm (Ulmus fulva).
Basically Burl-esque - 2015 'Basically Burl-esque'

2015
Bowl, 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 3 in. (7.5 cm) tall; Black Cherry (Prunus serotina).
Sycamore Vessel - 2008 'Sycamore Vessel'

2008
Vessel, 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 3.25 in. (8.2 cm) tall; Sycamore (Platanus sp).
Black Hole Summit - 2008 - Cherry-Blackwood 'Black Hole Summit'

2008
Hollow vessel with collar, 7 inches (17.7 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10.1 cm) tall; Cherry (Prunus serotina) and African Blackwood collar (Dalbergia melanoxylon).
Lines of Force - 2008 - Spalted Maple 'Lines of Force'

2008
Bowl, 7.5 inches (19 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall; Spalted Black Maple (Acer nigrum)
Variation on a Theme by Rinehart 'Variation on a Theme by Rinehart''

2014
Natural rimmed Bowl, 9 inches (22 cm) x 12 inches (30 cm), 2.5 in. (6  cm) tall; Jarrah Burl (Eucalyptus marginata); lacquer.
Nebula in Acer nigrum 'Nebula in Acer nigrum'

2013
Bowl, 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 3.in. (7.5 cm) tall; Black Maple (Acer nigrum); aniline dyes, lacquer.
Organic Triptych in Hickory - 2015 'Organic Triptych in Hickory'

2015
Natural-edged Bowls (3) - 31 inches  (78 cm) high x 34 inches (85 cm)  wide, 11 in. (28 cm) deep; Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra); polyurethane; grape-vine; walnut base.
That's Peculiar! 'That's Peculiar!''

2011
Sculpted Bowl, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 5 in. (12 cm) tall; Yellowwood (Cladrastis lutea); lacquer.
Heliamphora - 2009 'Heliamphora'

2009
Tall Vessel, 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, 8 in. (20 cm) tall; Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos).
Stella Nova Lignea - 2013 'Stella Nova Lignea'

2013
Bowl with embellished rim, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 2 in. (5 cm) tall; Argentine Osage Orange (Maclura tinctoria); lacquer.
Lines on Fire - 2013 'Lines on Fire'

2013
Hollow Vessel with collar, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, 11 in. (28 cm) tall; Spalted River Birch (Betula nigra); aniline dyes, lacquer.
Texana - 2009 'Texana'

2009
Natural-edged Bowl, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 5 in. (13 cm) tall; Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa).
Amphora - 2009 'Amphora'

2009
Vessel, 2.5 inches (6 cm) diameter, 6 in. (15 cm) tall; Wenge (Millettia laurentii); lacquer.
Columnella - 2009 'Columnella'

2009
Vessel, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 13 in. (32.5 cm) tall; Box Elder (Acer negundo); lacquer.
Tree Rings Ring True - 2014 'Tree Rings Ring True'

2014
Hollow vessel with collar, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 4 in. (10 cm) tall; Kentucky Coffee (Gymnocladus doicus).l maple and black dye collar; lacquer, copper inlay.
Cindy's Revenge - 2011
'Cindy's Revenge'

2011
Vessel, 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 14 in. (35 cm) tall; Spalted Black Maple (Acer nigrum); maple and black dye collar and finial; lacquer.
All Wrapped Up - 2012 'All Wrapped Up'

2012
Sculpted Vessel, 5 inches  (13 cm) diameter, 6.5 in. (17 cm) tall; Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa).
Vivat Ligna Publica - 2012 'Vivat Ligna Publica'

2012
Hollow Vessel with collar and finial, 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 11 in. (28 cm) tall; Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra).
Dalmata Goblet - 2009 'Dalmata Goblet'

2009
Goblet, 4 in. (10 cm) diameter, 6 inches (15 cm) x 3.25 in. (8.2 cm) tall; Dalmata (Swartzia sp.); lacquer.
Hex Ovo Australorum - 2011
'Hex Ovo Australorum'

2011
Lidded Goblet with finial, 6.5 inches (16 cm) diameter, 11.5 in. (29 cm) tall; Friejo wood (Cordia goeldiana); Emu egg shell (Dromaius novae- hollandiae); dyed maple  (Acer sp.) spindle and finial, lacquer, gold leaf.
Tubiflora - 2009 'Tubiflora'

2009
Tall Vessel, 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, 7  in. (18 cm) tall; Red Elm (Ulmus rubra).
Sub Cute de Ulmo 'Sub Cute de Ulmo'

2012
Vessel, 6 inches  (15 cm) diameter, 4 in. (10 cm) tall;  Red Elm (Ulmus rubrum); textured and pyrographed.
Tetramerous Tempest - 2011 'Tetramerous Tempest

2011
Sculpted Bowl, 9.5 inches  (24 cm) diameter, 5.5 in. (14 cm) tall; Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)



Galleries in which I am represented:


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                                                                       Gallery 319
                                                                    310 Main Street
                                                                    Ames, Iowa
50010      
                                                                                                   Phone: 515-232-2354

         To go to the Gallery 319 Web Site -  CLICK HERE

                                Iowa Artisans Gallery
                                                             Iowa Artisans Gallery
                                                     207 East Washington Street
                                                            Iowa City, Iowa
52240                
                                                                    Phone: 319-351-8686;  Toll Free: 1-877-439-6554

                                                   To go to the Iowa Artisans Gallery  Web Site -  CLICK HERE



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                                                    The Octagon Center for the Arts
                                                                427 Douglas Avenue
                                                                    Ames, Iowa 50010    
                                                                                                 Phone: 515-232-5331

                                                                To go to the Octagon Gallery Shop Web Site -  CLICK HERE
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                                                    The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
                                                                410 Third Avenue SE
                                                            Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401    
                                                                                               Phone: 319-366-7503

                                            
To go to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Web Site -  CLICK HERE



  Charles H. MacNider Art Museum



                                             The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
                                                              303  2nd Street SE
                                                            Mason City, Iowa 50401    
                                                                                               Phone: 641-421-3666

                                            
To go to the  MacNider Art Museum Web Site -  CLICK HERE



                                                                               Rob Wallace Hands Turning



Brief Resumé

Rob Wallace, Woodturner
 

Robert S. Wallace, Ph.D.

2841 Torrey Pines Road, Ames, IA 50010-8946

Tel: 515-292-5785 – Cell: 515-231-2725 - robturns4u@gmail.com

http://rwallace.public.iastate.edu/gallery.html

Affiliations:

   Iowa Arts Council – (Registered Artist)
   Member, Octagon Center for the Arts - (Artist Membership)
   Member, Ames Community Arts Council - (Artist Membership)
   Member, American Association of Woodturners (AAW; National Organization)
   Member, Ames Area Woodturners (Local Chapter of the AAW)
   Member, Des Moines Woodturners (Local Chapter of the AAW)

Positions Held (in Art and Woodturning Organizations):

   Board of Trustees, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames Iowa – July 2010 to present
       (President of Board of Trustees, July 2011 to June 2013; July 2014 to present)

   Board of Directors, American Association of Woodturners – January 2013 to December 2015 (3-year term)


   Board of Advisers, American Association of Woodturners – January 2016 to Present

   President, Ames Area Woodturners – 2010 to present

 

Recent Participation in Juried Exhibitions with accepted artwork:

   - Iowa State Fair Juried Fine Art Exhibition  - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007

   - Octagon Center for the Arts (Ames, IA) - “Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Exhibition” - [2008-2016] 

   - Octagon Center for the Arts (Ames, IA) - “Community of Artists Exhibition” – 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009

   - Iowa Artisans Gallery (Iowa City, IA) - “Woodturned Vessels”  - 2009  (invited exhibit)

   - Mills Gallery (Central College Pella, IA) - “What Would Wood Do?” - 2014 (one of 3 invited artists)

   - Central Iowa Art Association (Marshalltown, IA) - “Art and the Men of Central Iowa” - 2014

   - MacNider Art Museum  (Mason City, IA) - “Area Show 44” – 2014

   - Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Cedar Rapids, IA) - "Midwest Summer:  Light and Warmth" - 2015

   - Gallery in the Round (Ames, IA) - “Ames is 150: Her Story, His Story, Our Story” – 2014-2015

  - MacNider Art Museum  (Mason City, IA) - “Iowa Craft 42” – 2015-2016

 
Awards
Received for Artwork:

   - Iowa State Fair Juried Fine Art Exhibition – Merit Award, 2013

   - Iowa State Fair Juried Fine Art Exhibition – Media Award, Sculpture – First Place, 2007

   - Iowa State Fair Juried Fine Art Exhibition – Media Award, Sculpture – Third Place, 2008

   - Iowa State Fair – Woodworking (Turned Items) and Creative Arts (Woodworking) – Various first place awards 
            (Blue Ribbons) 2005 -2008; and Second Place awards (Red Ribbon) 2009 – 2011; 2014

   - Octagon Center for the Arts, “Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Juried Exhibit” – First Place Award, 2010

   - Octagon Center for the Arts, “Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Juried Exhibit” – First Place Award, 2015

   - MacNider Art Museum, “Iowa Craft 42” – Media Award: Best in Metal/Wood  - 2015

Consignment Artwork Sales Venues:

    - Gallery 319, Ames, Iowa

    - Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Museum Store, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    - Octagon Center for the Arts, Gallery Shop, Ames, Iowa

    - Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

    - MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, Iowa

 

Woodturning Demonstrations Presented at Local, Regional, and National Symposia and Meetings:

Woodturning demonstrations presented to:  Ames Area Woodturners; Des Moines Woodturners; Corridor Woodturners (Cedar Rapids, IA); Loess Hills Woodturners (Omaha, NE); Quad Cities Woodturners (Rock Island, IL); Kansas City Woodturners; Chicago Woodturners (Mundelein, IL); American Association of Woodturners National Symposium (Portland, OR; Hartford, CT; St. Paul, MN; San Jose, CA; Tampa, FL; Phoenix, AZ, Pittsburgh, PA)

Woodturning Demonstrations Available for Presentation:


   - "Introduction to Woodturning"
            - Background and basic information about woodturning suitable for beginners.


   - "The Physics of Woodturning:  The Why and How of Turning Tool Use"
            - Explains how the lathe and woodturning tools work; rotational forces, forms of cutting, tool positions.

   - "Basic Principles of Bowl and Vessel Design"
            -
Reviews fundamentals of shape, scale, curves, and aesthetics of turned forms.

   - "Complexity and Diversity of Wood"
            - Reviews tree anatomy, cell growth, milling of lumber, drying properties, and diversity of wood.

   - "Introd
uction to Wood Identification"
            - Provides the basic information needed to identify wood using cell structures and keys.
                 [Note:  A hands-on class in wood identification can be arranged - please inquire]

   - "Hints and Tips for Setting-up a Safe and Efficient Woodturning Workstation"
            - Explains ergonomics and set-up of the lathe area; emphasizes safety, efficiency, tool racks, etc..


   - "Woodturning Gizmos and Gadgets"
            - Explains how inexpensive and re-purposed items can be used for woodturning. 

Woodturning and Sculpting Techniques Used/Instructed:

   - Basic Woodturning: Spindles and Bowls (Beginner and Intermediate classes)

   - Deep vessels:  Hand tools, boring bars, captured systems

   - Small-entry hollowing:  Production of hollow forms, urns, lidded vessels

   - Bowl coring, making spheres, laminated and segmented vessels

   - Wood Carving and Sculpting:  Traditional and Power Carving

   - Surface embellishment, pyrography, texturing

   - Coloration and patination; use of dyes and bleaches; inlay techniques



Artist's Statement:
 
         "The natural beauty of wood can be celebrated and accentuated together with aspects of symmetry and form in well-designed turned wooden pieces.  My excitement and fascination with wooden bowls, vessels, and hollow forms created on the wood lathe enables me to rise to the challenge of producing a form that will best display the native figure and color of the wood, in addition to creating a piece that is both pleasing and satisfying to the eye with respect to the form's shape and proportions.  All of these factors interact dynamically as wood is removed in the process of turning to reveal the natural characteristics of this medium, which are universally appealing.  The opportunity to expose grain patterns, subtle color or texture differences, and unique features of the wood is an endless source of inspiration that allows for "instantaneous creativity" and immediate gratification for the artist, as the spinning form develops on the lathe.  With the development of each piece, the mystery of what lies beneath the bark is revealed, and the ability to share this beauty with others in the pieces I create is a source of personal pleasure and pride."


For a list of galleries where I am represented, Click Here

For a summary where my work has been shown, Click Here

Rob Wallace is an artist registered with the Iowa Arts Council



A  Summary of Venues where my artwork has been shown:

Juried/Judged Exhibition Venues:

        Iowa State Fair 'Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Des Moines, Iowa

        Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa

        Central Iowa Art Association, Marshalltown, Iowa

        Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

        Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, Iowa

Invited Exhibition Venues:

        Gallery in the Round, Ames, Iowa

        Mills Gallery, Central College, Pella, Iowa


Artwork Sales Venues:

Gallery 319, Ames, Iowa -  2006 to Present -  Consignment Artwork Sales

         Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa  -  2007 to Present -  Consignment Artwork Sales

         Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa  -  2009 to Present -  Consignment Artwork Sales

         Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa  -   2015 to Present -  Consignment Artwork Sales      

         MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, Iowa  -   2015 to Present -  Consignment Artwork Sales

WOODTURNING DEMONSTRATIONS AND INSTRUCTION:

  -  DEMONSTRATIONS  - I am available to provide demonstrations on various woodturning methods or rel;ated topics to woodturning clubs and chapters of the AAW, or to private or public groups as a meeting presentation.  Demonstrations to woodturning groups all have the central philosophy and presentation emphasis that I will provide explanation of the "why" as well as the "how" of methods discussed, with the intention of having the demonstration be a learning experience for all participants.  I have presented requested demonstrations on a range of topics to woodturning groups (For a list of demonstration topics, click HERE)
, or a demonstration tailored to the needs of your group can be accommodated.  Please contact me (e-mail) about  scheduling possibilities, and discussing logistics, travel, and fees for providing a demonstration to your group.

   -  INSTRUCTION - For those  interested in receiving private instruction in most techniques used in woodturning, feel free to contact me to discuss what kinds of instruction is desired.  Instruction can be tailored to woodturners of any skill level - from beginners to advanced.  Classes can be arranged on an individual basis or to small groups (up to four), and can be conducted at the student's location, or in my studio which is equipped with several recently manufactured lathes and a wide range of woodturning tools and related equipment.  Inquire about time availability, scheduling and tuition costs.


EXAMPLES OF COMMISSIONED ARTWORK  

    ISU Foundation Commission 1    ISU Foundation Commission - 2
          "Lidded Bowl" - Commissioned by the Iowa State University Foundation as a retirement gift.
          The piece was turned from Yellowwood, which grew on the campus of ISU for 35+ years before 
            being  taken down due to necessary exterior  building renovation of Curtiss Hall.

    Koshu Japan - Ames Sister City Commission    Koshu Japan - Ames Sister City Commission

    "Friendship Bowl" - Commissioned by the City of Ames, Iowa to present to the Sister City delegation
     from  Koshu City, Japan.  The piece is on display in Japan as part of the Koshu City-Ames program.
    The natural-edged bowl was turned from a piece of 95+ year old hickory that was growing in Brookside
       Park that was blown down in the wind storm of 2010.  The tree had seen much of Ames' history.

    Wedding Bowl Commission -1     Wedding Bowl Commission - 2


    Wedding Bowl Commission - 3     Wedding Bowl Commission - 4

 "Wedding Bowls" - Commissioned by a private individuals for personalized wedding gifts. 



WOODTURNED RESTORATION EXAMPLES  


               Rocker Restoration 1                                   Rocker Restoration 2  

               Rocker Restoration 3                                  Rocker Restoration 4

This is an example of a restoration of turned spindles of a 100+ year-old rocking chair.  Only one rocker, two legs and one
 stretcher were provided with the seat.  A duplicate rocker and legs set, plus new cross stretchers were turned.



WOODTURNING PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS
 

            Public Demo 1               Public Demo 2 

           Public Demo 3          Public Demo 4 

Demonstrating woodturning to the public during the Octagon Center for the Arts  annual "Art Festival" (held in
      September) and at the Ames Downtown Cultural District's "Artwalk" on Main Street, held in early June.

         ArborDay Woodturning          Arbor Day 2

Giving a woodturning demonstration to the public at the Arbor Day event  at the Iowa Arboretum, Madrid, Iowa

Please contact me if you would like me to provide a demonstration of woodturning to your group.

My Contact Information:

E-mail:   rwallace@iastate.edu  or    robturns4u@gmail.com 

Postal Mail Address:     Rob Wallace

                                              2841 Torrey Pines Road
                                              Ames, Iowa 50010-8946

Telephone:     1-515-292-5785;  please call between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm  (Central Time Zone)


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Gallery Last Updated:  9 January 2016