TOM & GINGER CREATIONS
Tom, better known as Papa to his 8 grandchildren, was born and raised on a ranch outside of Ellensburg, WA. He grew up loving the outdoors, herding cattle in the mountains and participating in rodeos throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. His first attraction to wood came when he drove a logging truck and noticed the many twists, turns and colors of the wood.
His dream of owning a sawmill to cut rough lumber came true after Tom and Ginger married in 1969. Then when the price in lumber dropped drastically, Tom went back to driving truck and moved from the ranch. Along the way he began collecting all kinds of wood. Tom’s wood collection grew with walnut from neighbors trees, blued Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, left over from our sawmill, as well as cherry, apple, and pear from orchards that were torn out in the Columbia Basin Area of Washington State.
In 2004, to be closer to our children and grandchildren they moved to Deer Park, WA. Then, finding plans for a wood lathe in a craft magazine, Tom built his own lathe. With a passion for the natural beauty of wood, he began making one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, from his wood collection. The natural grain of the knots and bark are enhanced when turned on the lathe. Due to the overwhelming response from friends and family, they now make their unique wood turnings available to the public.
His creations are made from reclaimed woods; both domestic and exotic from all over the world as well as unique wood burls with intact bark edges. Tom also uses turquoise to fill the defects and imperfections in the wood, giving them a new rich luster and unique one-of-a-kind design.
Tom has expanded his art and now makes yarn bowls and cribbage boards along with his bowls, platters and keepsake boxes.
Several Art Galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest carry Tom's work:
The Artisan Gallery, Priest River, Idaho
Northwest Handmade Furniture & Gallery, Sandpoint, Idaho
Studio 107, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Clymer Fine Arts Gallery, Ellensburg, Washington
Going To The Sun Gallery, Whitefish, Montana