Herman de Vries, Winnipeg, MB: Wood
Venue Section: Skylight Gallery/3rd Floor
I was born and raised on a farm in rural Manitoba, on the south shore of Lake Dauphin. My interest in working with wood began out of necessity. Needing a home desk when I began teaching and unable to afford to buy one, I built one using simple hand tools. That desk started a lifetime of working with wood. Since then the hobby has become an obsession. I have never tried to produce signature pieces, preferring to produce a wide variety of work. For me, the joy of turning wood is the immediacy of the feedback I receive from watching the lines and curves form right before my eyes as the pieces turn.