Wood turning has been Robert Braun’s passion for the past fifteen years. Born and raised in a Northern Ontario lumber town, he developed his love of wood early in life. And, inspired by a craftsman he met in Greece who was turning Olive wood vases out of store front studio, he was intrigued by the whole process of turning.
He prefers to turn while the wood is still wet or “green” to allow it to distort and find its own unexpected shape. In addition Robert has made over forty of his own cutting knives. As the wood turns on his lathe the grain patterns emerge and the adventure begins. It piques his interests to see what lies within.
Each piece he turns is chosen for its creative potential, making use of such features as burls, spalt, and bark inclusions. This insures a unique creative result. One of his greatest pleasures is searching for exotic wood on his travels.
Bowls, vases, wall platters, and urns, are examples of his work. Carving caricature is another one of his passions.