Inspired by the beauty of the forest, Brian Markham finds the work of art within the wood. As burls, local and exotic woods are turned on his lathe, the natural colour and grain are revealed for each unique creation. He designs handcrafted bowls, platters and hollow vessels to grace your table or add to your collection of natural art. 

Brian spends time examining the knots, natural flaws, and bark inclusions which have grown through the heart of the raw wood, to find the unique line and form that lies within. Simplicity of design allows the innate beauty of the wood to shine. The process of sanding and polishing and many coats of a specially-blended oil finish produce a durable, food-safe surface.


Brian works with local varieties of maple, cherry, walnut and exotic woods to create beautiful and functional woodturned designs. "Each piece of wood is different, but my favourite is burl. Burl is a rounded growth on the side of a tree that interrupts the growth pattern and results in peculiar and uniquely formed figured wood. The character, the imperfections of the burl and the detail of the grain are all incorporated into the finished platter or bowl."


Limberlost Woodturning is on Rebecca Lake, a perfect setting in the woods to provide artistic inspiration from nature and the outdoors. Visitors to Brianís studio/workshop see the finished pieces amidst the wood shavings, seasoned wood and machinery.


"People love to touch my work. The tactile nature of wood creates a sense of pleasure and an appreciation of texture in a handcrafted piece."


Brian welcomes commissions for custom turning of your unique burl or wood.  


Visit Brian at the Artists of the Limberlost Tour.


1555 Fieldale Road, Huntsville, Ontario

Year-round by appointment

12 km east of Huntsville along Highway 60;
turn left at Limberlost Road;
continue for 10 km to Fieldale Road;
turn left for 6 km to Limberlost Woodturning



All artwork on this page is copyrighted by Brian Markham. 
It may not be copied or reproduced by any means or used without the expressed approval of Brian Markham.

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