Streams, rivers, and lakes were my usual haunts during my professional life as a professor of biology at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Now retired, I can be found at the lathe in my Cedar Rapids, Iowa, studio-workshop.
I work with locally sourced and collected wood, corn cob, or antlers. I do not use wood from tropical and endangered species (unless it is being discarded) - they are rare and threatened enough as it is.
When first starting turning, I wanted to make things with a sense of "place" - a pen from grandma's banister or the old climbing tree out back. While the tree may be gone, it "lives" on in the bowl or pen that I make.
This is a link to a lengthy description of my "Journey into Turning."