Category Pyrography

"Autumn Leaves" - art by Judy Robinson

GFAA Call for Abstracts inspired my wood art

The Gainesville Fine Arts Association call for Abstract entries caught my attention. The category was, I decided, the best category for me to start my wood art expression in a fine arts perspective. The call was for artists to submit two Abstracts for display in the GFAA Gallery, from Oct. 24 to Nov. 18. In […]

Gene Webb and Judy Robinson

Carving lesson with Gene Webb

My first carving lesson happened in an unexpected way. I was in Townsend, Tennessee, doing some hiking in the Smokies and had breakfast in one of the local restaurants. The server and I got into a discussion about pyrography. I had just started wood burning on my flutes, and the server told me that she […]

Pyrography Magazine

Pyrography Magazine features my Night Song Flute

Pyrography Magazine included one of my Night Song Flutes in the Gallery section of the latest edition. How exciting to have my work featured in a magazine that I have so enjoyed reading. The Gallery Editor for the magazine contacted me several months ago to say the magazine wanted to include my flute pyrography work […]

Night Song flutes: Tone, texture & attention to detail

I’ve been exploring the combination of color and texture with the clarity of sound with my Night Song Flutes, which I’ll be selling at the Art Festival at Thornebrook this weekend, Oct. 10-11. Using carvings and pyrography (woodburning), I’ve created the look of hieroglyphics and have added to the look with Tiger Eye and Turquoise stones. […]

Mary Colter inspires my wearable wood art

Working on my latest wood pendants and brooches, I found myself inspired by the art and architecture of Mary Colter. I’ve come to admire and appreciate Mary Colter’s work from my visits to the Grand Canyon. She listened to the Native American culture with her eyes and then used that inspiration in her work – […]

Small Wood Doors Honor SIPA Board Members’ Service

I was glad my wood doors could be part of the celebration at the 90th Southern Interscholastic Press Association convention. Executive Director Karen Flowers was celebrating her final convention before retiring. The door was open for me to be there in spirit! That’s a play on the word “door” !   I was commissioned by […]

Pyrography, woodturned cedar pendant

Turning Wood Pendants

I have been working on tuning and turning flutes lately and was looking for a reason to change the pace.  So, when my new camera arrived in the mail this morning, I decided to turn something where I could record the whole process and make a photo essay. But ultimately it was more fun to make the video […]

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes Flying Overhead on a January Day

Whenever the Sandhill Cranes fly overhead, you can hear them. But you can’t always see them. This is what they sounded like on the day that I took these pictures. Since November I have been hearing the cranes with their distinctive call flying high over the yard.  They circle for about 15 minutes, then head in the […]

Glam Craft Festival offers holiday shopping fun

The Glam Craft Festival will be brightening the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the historic Mustang Hangar near the Gainesville Airport. I’m one of more than 60 artists and crafters who will have their work for sale. If you’re in the Gainesville area, I hope you’ll attend […]

A flute to brighten any day

One of the greatest joys of my new career as a musical instrument maker comes when I hear back from those who play one of my instruments.  Sometimes the feedback is immediate; sometimes I can see all the feedback I need in the face of someone who is playing one of my instruments. Recently, I was […]

tiny wooden vessel with turquoise beads

Turning, burning and creating at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Turning then burning miniature wooden vessels — not to mention turning over lots of ideas — made for a great week of study at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. My workshop was Woodturning and Pyrography, and my classmates and I spent the week turning miniature hollow wood vessels. First, we made our own small turning […]

Lessons learned from making Branch flutes

I remember very well the first three branch flutes I’ve made.  After that, only selective memory. Sycamore Branch Flute In Oct. 2010 I was out cycling and rode past a team cutting down three significant sycamore trees on the lawn of a local bank.  I stopped and asked if I returned with my car could […]