|Written by Christin Miller on Tuesday, February 21, 2012|
|Fine Wood Turning by Greg Campbell|
He Never Met a Tree He Didn't Like
I discovered Greg Campbell's stunning turned wood vessels at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole about a year and a half ago. I could not stop looking at them and admiring all the wonderful colors and details of the wood. Since then I have rarely seen a turned wood piece that impresses me as much as his.
Greg Campbell is a native of Arizona and has been working with wood for most of his life. He was a carpenter for twenty-five years and began wood turning in 1978. He transitioned from being a carpenter to an artist when he discovered his passion for seeing what a piece of wood had to offer. According to Greg, he never met a tree he didn't like.
Greg uses a variety of wood from trees found locally for his turned wood vessels. Using trees that have been removed for development or that have been felled by an act of nature gives Greg the most pleasure. "The history of the wood used in each piece makes it all the more interesting, and knowing that I have created something lasting from each tree gives me great satisfaction."
Greg Campbell is a member of the Arizona Woodturners, and has exhibited his work across the country. Currently, you can find Greg's turned wood vessels at Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale and Jackson Hole, and Medicine Man Gallery in Tuscon and Santa Fe. The three vessels featured here are from Trailside Galleries. The vessel on the left is made of Chinese Pistache and is 11" tall. The vessel in the center is made of Olive wood and red acrylic, and is 8" tall. The vessel on the right is also made of Chinese Pistache and is 11" tall. It is amazing to me that two vessels can be made of the same kind of wood and look so different! At the same time, they are both absolutely gorgeous!