“I seek to use the creativity and freedom of form in woodturning to showcase the inherent beauty of wood, to learn from each piece, and to be inspired by sharing my journey with others.”
Born in Los Angeles, Larry has lived in Orange County since the age of 7. A woodturner for over 24 years, Larry’s technique involves cutting and gluing hundreds of pieces of wood together to create a basic structure that he brings to life on the lathe. This style of “segmented turning” allows him to create designs by incorporating different wood types for his color pallet.
Larry developed a technique he calls “marquetry for turning.” Unlike traditional veneer marquetry, Larry’s technique uses thicker materials to build the design into the vessel’s wall, resulting in a pattern visible on the interior and exterior of the piece. Traditionally, segmented designs are geometric, but Larry favors the organic lines found in nature.
Larry’s work is expanding with a blend of his segmented, marquetry, sculpted, relief carved, and inlay techniques, while still using woodturning as a significant influence. His work’s whimsy stands in contrast to his fine art woodworking attention to detail.
This is Larry’s seventh year with the Festival of Arts. He has work in the Orange County Fair permanent collection His work has shown at the Museo Museum in Anaheim and the Orange County Airport, with multiple pieces in the Kamm Teapot collection, and several private collections. His work has won First, Second, Third and Division at the Orange County Fair, and First Place in wood sculpture at the Indian Wells Arts festival.