Pat began appreciating the art of woodworking in the 8th grade after turning a candle holder during shop class. Thirty years later he made the decision to properly learn the craft and bought himself a lathe.
Soon, friends began taking an interest in Pat's bowls and wanted one for themselves. As he made more, the demand grew, so he began selling his work at art shows across the Midwest. He has been selling his work professionally for over 17 years.
Pat is very selective about the wood he uses for his pieces and chooses only those that have character and interesting grain. Walnut is his current favorite to work with due to its many variations in color.
Most of Pat's creations are segmented wood bowls, which consist of cutting a variety of wood into segments, glued together, then turned on his lathe. Always looking to improve his skill set, Pat has recently started turning more intricate bowls by using elements such as walnut shells and epoxy. Depending on the level of intricacy, a single bowl may take up to 25 hours to complete.
Best of Show in Creative Arts, Elkhart County Fair
Multiple awards at the Elkhart County Fair and
The Village at Winona Art Fair.