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Steve Leichner

Steve LeichnerMy father was an engineer, my grandfather a carpenter. I learned carpentry and repair skills at an early age and improved on them my entire life. My son introduced me to woodturning after showing me a bowl he turned in the woodshop at the Rhode Island School of Design. “Dad, this is something I think you’d like to do.” I was hooked.

Married 49 years to Jane; two children: Eric, an industrial designer, and Sarah, also an RISD graduate (graphic design). I graduated from Haddonfield High School and Drexel University, taught middle school in Philadelphia for 34 years, am now retired.

Artist’s Statement
Every bowl I cut is vested with my vision of a beautiful masterpiece, from chainsaw to final coat of finish. And because I like both “big” and “dramatic,” my senses are always heightened by the danger, skill, and strength each raw ugly log requires to reveal its potential beauty. My goal is to make each piece artistic, functional, and durable. However, like life in the jungle, it’s survival of the fittest. All the rest end up in my fireplace.

Graceful curves, color, balanced forms, beautiful burled figured grain lines, natural edge, bark features, and edge treatment all keep me excited and coming back for more. Log selection and lathe cutting are where all the good stuff happens. I ask, “What can I do to show off what makes the wood special, stand out, catch the eye, lift the spirit, create a smile, evoke a “Wow!?”

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