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Local Wood Turner Creates Natural Wood Art

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Scott Gordon, owner of ScoGo Woodworking, began working with wood while still in grade school. Since then, most of his knowledge in the field has come through experience, trial and error, and collaboration with other wood turners. Gordon works in IT during the day and spends his evenings and weekends at his home studio practicing techniques and perfecting his craft.

ScoGo Woodworking’s tagline is, “Picking up where Mother Nature left off.” Gordon tries to keep the natural color and beauty of a piece of wood, and often creates his pieces with fallen logs and branches.

Gordon creates two main types of wood art: segmented and non-segmented. For the segmented pieces, he brings together different pieces and types of wood to create a pattern. For non-segmented, he creates out of one piece of wood. All of his creations are done with a lathe tool. A demonstration video by Gordon can be seen here.

When asked about his creative process, Gordon explained that he rarely starts with a sketch. Instead, he lets the wood tell him what it wants to be. As he’s working with a piece on the lathe, he listens to the wood and lets it direct what it will become.

In addition to his own creations, Gordon also hand-crafts custom pieces. He works with clients to create a piece that fits their needs, turning out everything from a custom picture frame to a specific, decorative bowl.

In 2014 Gordon began to show his work at craft shows and later moved on to bigger art shows. He still frequents art shows with his pieces and displays them in local art galleries around Central Ohio. A Sample of Gordon’s pieces are on display and available for purchase at Highline Coffee Co. in Worthington, 693 N. High St., through the month of June.

More information and additional pieces can be found on his website, ScoGoWoodworking.com.

Photos provided by Scott Gordon

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