Buzz Coren Portland, NC Laminated Wood

Some of my earliest memories of spending time with my dad are helping him with various handyman projects in the basement. He’d have me hold the end of a board while he hand sawed it,  start some nails, mark where drill holes would be or keep the end of his folding ruler at a certain place.  Using scrap lumber I built a little workbench where he let me keep some of his smaller tools so I’d have some to work with. Thanks to my father’s time and patience, when I started elementary school shop class I already had a working knowledge of both hand and some power tools.  

 

I used these skills infrequently over the years but always enjoyed getting involved with one project or another, working construction and welding jobs through college, learning how things go and stay together. Upon graduating from the University of South Florida in 1975 I bought a small rundown house and spent the next six years remodeling it one room at a time.  I acquired some stationary power tools, notably a band saw, which quickly became my tool of choice.

 

 

I began creating a few reasonably well-crafted curio boxes and some jewelry pieces, and in July of 1980 exhibited at my first craft show in Tampa. I won a small award, met a host of interesting people and willing mentors; woodworking was better called woodplaying. I quit my job two weeks later and have been self-employed ever since. My parents were enthusiastic about my career choice, and I'm grateful to them for their loving support and inspiring in me a strong work ethic.

 

A move to North Carolina in 1982 opened up the resources of a well-established network of craftspeople and galleries from which to grow in my career. I developed a line of desk accessories and jewelry and marketed them through galleries and craft shows for several years. In the early 90’s I discovered an obscure technique for making bowls that led to a more upscale body of work I exhibited at many galleries and fine craft venues throughout the east coast.  

 
Currently, I enjoy making multilayered bowls and vessels by commission and continue to market a small popular jewelry line, Featherwood, I make exclusively for galleries and boutiques. I cut earrings from a large block of dyed and natural hardwood veneer about 275 layers thick. I personally dye most of the veneers myself and no two pairs are ever exactly alike. The longer styles are 1-3/4" long, shorter ones about 1". They're coated with a durable semi-gloss finish, fitted with surgical steel earwires and are mounted on cards sized to fit a standard gift box.
 

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