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Delray Beach Woodturners Tim and Josh Carter Spin Wood Into Sculptural and Functional Art

Tim Carter has always appreciated the natural beauty of wood. With 30 years of experience in woodworking, this self-taught craftsman has turned a passion and hobby into a full time business with gallery representation and demands for custom pieces. His son, Josh Carter, is quickly making his own name in the art of woodturning.  The Rickie Report highlights this duo’s  inspired sculptural and functional art pieces.  As the holidays near, what better gift than a handmade one, which can become your family heirloom!


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Delray Beach Woodturners



Using a lathe, which spins the wood, and a variety of sharp hand tools such as gouges, skews and scrapers, Tim and Josh create both functional pieces and sculptural forms from stumps, logs and burls. They use woods that are native to Florida and other areas of the U.S. as well as exotic woods from around the world.



Maple Burl by Tim Carter


Tim typically has 30 to 40 species of wood in his shop, most of which is salvaged from the side of the road, recycled from local tree trimmers, or purchased through various sources. Josh often checks out his father’s wood supply and usually ends up with some nice pieces! Preferred Florida woods include Mahogany, Mango, Norfolk Island Pine, Sapodilla, Loquat and others.




Lattice Box by Josh Carter



Many of Tim’s more sculptural vessels are turned from Manzanita, a naturally red-toned, sub-terrain burl found in the mountains of the western U.S. and other burls. Exotics, such as African Wenge, Brazilian Bloodwood, and Snakewood from Surinam offer rich colors and grain patterns, ideal for individual pieces or for use as inlay. Of particular interest are woods that have developed unique characteristics in their aging process. Wormholes and spalting (the fine, dark lines that appear as wood starts to decay) create exciting challenges in woodturning.






Hollow Form With Lid and Agate Finial by Tim Carter




Tim never uses stains but rather uses various oil finishes to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. Many of his pieces will have some form of inlay such as slices of burl wood, brass, silver or semi-precious stones (lapis lazuli, malachite, coral, turquoise, onyx, and mother of pearl). Tim recently began experimenting with dyes to use on select woods, where the grain patterns are lost in the blandness of the wood (i.e., fruit woods and other very light woods). By layering blue, red, green and yellow dyes in specific ways, these woods are brought to life and given an almost glass-like appearance.






Fan Bowl by Josh Carter


“The unique properties of all types of wood intrigue me, and the more I learn, the more intrigued I become,” Tim says. “The natural grain of the wood tells a story about the tree’s original structure and hardness. The grain and knot patterns emerge as the wood is turned, and very often, surprising colors are also revealed. The greatest challenge is creating a piece with the right combination of wood(s), shape, texture, inlay and finish. No two pieces will ever be the same.”





Hollow Form with Inlay by Tim Carter


“Being the son of an incredibly talented wood turner has always been an encouraging characteristic of my life,” Josh says. “I was learning to turn on old vintage lathes by the time I was 8 years old. My father restores pre 1970’s lathes in his spare time, and gave me one as a gift. I continue to use it today.”




Hollow Bowl and Spoon by Josh Carter



Josh has developed his own unique style. He is known for his multi-level fan bowls, functional bowls, tongs and spoons as well as turned boxes with traditional lids or lattice (spider pattern) lids, which are very challenging to make.



Museum Store at Cornell Art Museum



Tim and Josh both reside in Delray Beach. Locally, their work can be found in the Museum Store at the Cornell Art Museum in downtown Delray Beach. Tim’s work is also in the Gift Shop at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth. He is also represented by the Blackfish Gallery in La Conner, Washington (just north of Seattle) and the Kokopelli Gallery in Laguna Beach, California.



Tim’s work is also in several private collections across the U.S. and in Delray’s Sister Cities of Miyazu, Japan and Moshe Tanzania. He has participated in Delray Affair, Mounts Botanical Gardens Spring and Fall Shows, Fairchild Gardens Ramble (Miami), and Palm Beach Home and Garden Show.




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