Michael Pedemonte has been an avid self-taught wood worker for most of his life. He has recently become enamored with using the lathe turning a variety of interesting local woods. Big leaf maple, madrone, ash, smoke bush, etc. – anything that he can mount on the lathe. Each turning is unique, the wood dictates that final outcome. Each piece has its own voice. The thrill is seeing what is ins...ide.
Working in his shop in Gaston, Oregon, Michael explores the possibilities of the different kinds of wood. He enjoys the hunt for unusual materials from both urban and rural sources, winter blow-downs to finds from his local logger friends. He has become a bit of a hoarder with an ever increasing inventory of projects.
Black Walnut Bowl
Fine Art by artist Michael Pedemonte - Description: Nice large 13 1/2 inch Black Walnut bowl. Beautiful crouch figure. An amazing piece. From a windfall tree in Gaston, Oregon 4 years ago. I was excited to see how this was going to turn out. I am happy with the result.
Flowering Plum Oval Vessel
Fine Art by artist Michael Pedemonte - Description: From my property in Gaston, Oregon, this was great fun to turn this type of wood. I turned it green to capture the effect of movement in the wood as it dries.
Heavy Maple Burl Block Bowl
Fine Art by artist Michael Pedemonte - Description: Rough hewn heavy maple burl block bowl. Wanted to see this in a more natural style. Fun to try. I will return to this idea as good examples turn up. Natural Odies oil finish.
Maple Root Burl Platter 1
Fine Art by artist Michael Pedemonte - Description: This is a series of 4 square plates/ platters from a single block of maple root burl. Spalt and figure is prominent along with some center ring rays. Each one is different but the theme is very similar. Given to me from a friend in Forest Grove, Oregon from a tree that was destined to be firewood! 11 to 12 inches square. Natural Odies oil finish.