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
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.
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
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.
love to touch my work. The tactile nature of wood creates a sense
of pleasure and an appreciation of texture in a handcrafted
welcomes commissions for custom turning of your unique burl or
Brian at the Artists
of the Limberlost Tour.