Scott Gordon was born and raised in the Columbus, Ohio area.
While I never thought of pursuing woodworking as a career (many years ago), one of my most cherished possessions is a lamp I turned on the lathe in 8th grade shop class. As a fulltime IT professional, I miss the creativity and the sense of accomplishment of having made something beautiful, and that has returned me to woodworking.
I have a passion for finding natural beauty in wood and transforming that into artwork. My earlier works relied strictly on natural colors and finding the right combination of species. While continuing to produce all natural-colored pieces, I have also started to use the finished product as a 3-D canvas adding colors through both paints and dyes. However, even when adding color, the exquisiteness of the wood is the factor that inspires my work.
Many of the pieces I produce, however, are designed with function as well as form. End-grain cutting boards are designed to be used for countless years and salad bowl sets are completed with food-safe finishes. Imagine preparing the meal and serving your dinner guests with pieces of natural artwork.
I have been known to pull off to the side of the road to pick up a log or an interesting looking piece of wood. Knowing that something beautiful is hidden in that log, I will often look at it for months just to decide how I want to change it and bring out that beauty. Mother Nature has spent years on the beauty – I pick up where she left off. (If you have a tree that has to be brought down or heavily pruned but would like to have a lasting memory, I would love to work with you on a commissioned piece.)