Amu, for anyone who didn’t know or hasn’t figured it out yet, is my wife. She is one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. Everything she does is with her hands, and they’re capable of creating some of the most fantastic pieces of art. I’m slightly biased, yes, but that in no way changes the very real feeling of being blown away by the things she creates. From her hobbies to her dayjob she’s creating things. Endlessly.
During the early weekday hours, Amu works as a painter/finisher, sculptor, and woodturner at her uncle’s woodworking company. While there she paints and finishes a variety of woodworking projects, mostly tap handles for local and small breweries, sculpts pieces for custom tap handles, and hand turns her own knitting supplies from crochet hooks and knitting needles to the drop spindles used to turn raw roving into yarn. In fact, if we can get her in front of a sheep with some clippers the circle would be complete! And when she gets home the creating doesn’t stop because she’s sketching out ideas, crocheting amigurumi, knitting 1/12, 1/4 and 1/3 scale doll clothes, silk screening hand sewn 1/3 scale doll T-shirts among a myriad other things that keep her busy.
This weekend Amu was with her uncle while attending a woodworking show where they did demonstrations and advertised for woodturning classes they teach at the shop on the weekends. Amu was there to do demonstrations on hand turning knitting tools. I was there on Sunday to take some photos, and while I’ve been told sharing photos of Amu is verboten, here’s one of a gentleman from the Chesapeake Woodturner’s group turning a wooden cup.
I’ve been in front of a lathe a couple of times recently, and while the basics of turning are easy to pick up there are intricacies in detailing and technique that confound me. At the show I made a goal for this year and I hope to make it happen. If/when it does, I’ll share it with you and you can be blown away by my mad woodturning skillz.