Gray Dog Turning
Gray Dog is Gandolf the Weimaraner, otherwise known as Gandy, a rescue pup that came into our lives in 2007. He's the brains behind the operation.
Who Is Gray Dog?
The Turning Process
So how does a piece of wood become a work of art? Each log has the potential to be a beautiful creation. The wood is cut into a blank with the general shape of the imagined art piece. It's mounted to a lathe that spins at a high volume and special tools carve the first turn. The form is green at this point and will need to dry for months or a year until the moisture has evaporated. The wood could crack if it's not treated properly, but imperfections give character. Once it's dry the first turned form is given another more detailed turn. Texture may be added for beauty. The creation is sanded multiple times with different tools and papers to give it a perfectly smooth finish. This finish takes many hours to perfect. Dye may be added for beautiful color or an inlay for a decorative touch. Then the piece is finished with walnut oil for food purposes or hard finished for decorative use. The process could take up to a year depending on the detail, but each piece is unique and a one of a kind work of art.
Gray Dog Turning is the creative outlet of Larry Causey, former owner-operator of a successful custom cabinet business who has worked with wood and wood finishes for over 30 years. Larry has an extensive knowlege of American woods and exotic wood from around the world with an eye for unique and beautiful pieces. He enjoys the creative process and discussing how his art is formed.