Harriet, who helped her husband, Don, in his architectural
woodrurning business for many years was taught by him and has
now been doing artistic woodturning for over 10 years. She is
a retired licensed land surveyor and worked for the Virginia Outdoors
Foundation for 12 years.
Harriet also sells her work at the Burwell Morgan Mill Art Show
and the Bluemont Vineyard. She is one of the founding members
of The Gateway Gallery and Gift Shop a cooperative which is located
west of the town of Round Hill at one of the best known tourist
stops, Hill High Orchards which dates back many, many years as
a favorite stop of D.C. residents out for a weekend in the country.
Harriet always accompanies her husband to the national and some
local woodturning symposiums where she finds much to learn from
watching demonstrations by nationally and internationally recognized
A member of the American Association of Woodturners, Harriet is
also active in the Capital Area Woodturners, Apple Valley Woodturners
and Catoctin Area Turners.
Harriet's work was recently recognized in a hard cover book titled
"Reflections of Clarke County Virginia" featuring over
100 area artists.
After my husband began his architectural woodturning business
I decided to try my hand at turning wooden bowls. I always loved
wood but never had the opportunity to work with it other than
having built several houses. Don felt I had a talent so when I
had time I would turn a few pieces which we began taking to fairs.
Because I was working full time it was not until a few years ago
that I began to expand my woodturning.
When I work with wood I prefer it to be as natural as possible.
I do not color my wood. I love the natural color and grain. These
characteristic help shape the outcome and purpose of the piece.
I have had no formal training in either woodturning or art. I
was raised and lived most of my life in Round Hill, VA. Through
the help of my self-trained husband, what I have learned at our
club meetings and at the national symposiums I began to produce
pieces which were admired and purchased.
What determines the outcome of the piece you are turning? Much
is determined by the size of the piece, its hardness or softness,
density, flaws (which can add to its artistic appeal) as well
as what happens during the turning. A mistake which sends a chunk
flying can not only completely change your original design idea
but often results in a more desirable piece. It can also injure
the turner. It is the wood itself which may have a great influence
on the finished piece.
Although I hope to learn to do a little carving to enhance some
pieces, especially wood which is very bland, I still prefer to
keep it as natural as possible. My pieces can can be enhanced
by keeping and working with flaws (including large holes) and
especially using the natural edge (outside edge of the tree including
the bark.)This kind of work is my favorite.
I prefer variety. I turn everything from pens (seldom) and wine
bottle stoppers to large (2 ft. in diameter) platters and wall
The Gateway Gallery which has over 20 members has now been open
for almost 3 successful years. My work can also now be found at
Art in the Village a new artist's cooperative in Leesburg, VA.
for sale: bowls, platters, vases, ice cream
scoops, jewelry, letter openers, wine bottle stoppers, Christmas
tree ornaments and ring holders.