Category woodturning

Smoky the cat at Phillmore's

Woodworking stores & projects

Woodworking stores provided a creative break for me during a recent road trip to visit relatives. Walking through woodworking stores always gives me ideas for projects and usually includes purchasing a special piece of wood or a tool I need. Rockler – The surprise was finding a Rockler store in Sharonville, OH — one of the […]

"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 […]

carving bowl

Carving and turning at Arrowmont

Taking a class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts with Bob Lyon and Doug Finkel was an intriguing way for me to grow my turning and carving skills. The week-long class focused on making kitchen items from wood, which appealed to me as I was interested in improving my spoon carving ability and developing strategies […]

Stephen Foster State Park Craft Rendezvous

I was delighted to share my flutes, kanteles and other wood-crafted items at the Stephen Foster State Park Craft Rendezvous and appreciated the invitation to share my musical instruments. As always, I enjoy sharing the flute journey with those who are discovering the Native American-style flute for the first time. An important part of the […]

The Potential of a Red Maple

When I saw the maple tree being cut down, I couldn’t believe it. This was a tree that I pass in my regular driving route, and I had admired the tree. There are not too many  maples in this section of Florida, which has many more water oaks and pine trees. This maple tree was […]

Leesburg Art Festival 2016 poster

WrenSong Woods at Leesburg Art Festival 2016

The Leesburg Art Festival is this weekend, March 12 and 13, and I’ll be there selling my WrenSong Woods musical instruments. In addition to selling my instruments, I’ve been invited to go on stage and perform with members of the Riverwind Flute Circle. Thanks to Deb Almy, who I met at Flute Haven, for the invitation […]

Rockler - planks of wood

Rockler’s first store in Florida solves my equipment problem

An unexpected problem with a piece of equipment led me to discover that Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has a new store in Altamonte Springs. Rockler’s first store in Florida. I called ahead and had them holding the piece of equipment I needed. And since I was going, I checked my inventory to see what supplies and wood […]

Cherry knitting spools

Corkwork: Revisiting French knitting, Spool Knitting

I just finished a batch of spool knitters in cherry for a customer.  They are so pretty that I need to keep one for myself.  These are probably the most elegant spool knitters I have ever seen.  Solid. Beautiful. Cherry. Wood. Tantalizing grain. Gleaming.  Satin finish.  Oooh. I want one.  And in case you want […]

Judy and her flutes at Spring Garden Festival 2015

Bell Wood Turners at Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival

Woodturning, colorful flowers and plants, and warm weather. What a great combination for the Spring Garden Festival at the Kanapaha Botanical Garden in Gainesville, Fla. More than 6,000 are expected to attend the two-day event. The last day of the event is tomorrow, Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I really enjoyed […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]