Here is Alan Holland performing his craft: woodturning. He takes a big chunk of wood, spins it on a lathe and shaves and cuts it down into something much more detailed. It’s painstaking work, but it looks absolutely rewarding. Getting to the finished product is like discovering something that was hidden underneath.
Phil Holland, the man who documented his father woodturning, writes:
For several years my father, Alan Holland, has focused more on a specific woodworking craft. Woodturning. I’ve enjoyed listening to his thoughts and theories over the years about his methods. He has a keen fascination about the process, the wood, and the tools used in the creation of his work. For instance, he enjoys reclaiming distressed or rare woods that would often be discarded for not being “perfect”. Also, this particular wood lathe seen in this piece is one my father has assembled out of an old horizontal mill which adds another layer to the unique quality of his work. He enjoys the history of various holding vessels across ancient civilizations which has influenced his functional and decorative wooden bowls, platters, pots, and various containers.
The wood is from a Carob Tree and after it goes through the turning process, different colours and textures pop up like I didn’t expect.