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Chuck Quibell - Wood

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Born [1936] and raised in Fresno, California with summers at Huntington Lake in the Sierra Nevada - I earned an A.B. in botany at Pomona College [1958], and a Ph.D. in botany at U.C. Berkeley [1972].

Following this I spent nearly thirty years teaching botany, including comparative and systematic wood anatomy, at Sonoma State [1970-1999] before retiring and branching out into woodworking. I now, when not traveling or backpacking/fishing in the Sierra, spend essentially full time turning - mostly native and locally growing exotic woods - into useful and/or decorative objects.

I belong to three woodworking and craft organizations, presently, or until recently, serving on the Boards of each in some capacity: The Sonoma County Woodworkers’ Association; The Wine Country Woodturners; and The Baulines Craft Guild.

I was awarded the “Award of Excellence”] for turning at the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association’s annual “Artistry in Wood” shows in the 2006, 2007, & 2009 and a ‘Special Award for Creativity’ in 2008. Then, after many exhibitions and sales with the Baulines Craft Guild, I was made “Master Craftsman” in 2008.

I have had pieces juried into shows at ArtWorks Downtown in San Rafael [“Small Works”], the Falkirk Gallery also in San Rafael [Collaborative works – Baulines Craft Guild & Wine Country Woodturners], and the Crucible’s ‘Cathedral Gallery’ in Oakland [“Metal vs. Wood / Wood vs. Metal’]. My work is currently represented at Corrick’s in Santa Rosa and at the Ren Brown Collection in Bodega Bay.

My piece, “Ample-edged Bowl” received First Place in the 2012 “Living on the Edge” show of the North Coast Artists’ Guild. And another piece received an “Excellence in Turning” award at the 2011 “Artistry in Wood” show of the Sonoma County Woodworkers at the Sonoma County Museum.

In my turning, I strive for clean, simple lines. I have recently been working on details of edges and bases and have developed what I call a “secondary lift” in my decorative bowls which sets them off from whatever they rest on by elevating their lower edges above that surface. This makes them appear to ‘float’ above the surface. I also believe in making the outer wood surface the ‘finish’ by polishing each piece to 2,000 or 2,500 grit.

I treat the surfaces of my utilitarian pieces with an edible grade walnut oil and my decorative ones with a MinWax wipe-on polyurethane followed by a MinWax paste wax. I sometimes, however, leave the polished piece entirely UN-finished – to allow a direct tactile contact with the wood surface. This elemental contact with a highly polished wood surface is something we too rarely experience but it is, I believe, one of the reasons we love the ‘feel’ of wood.

Contact Information:

Chuck Quibell
4682 Hidden Oaks Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Email: quibell@sonic.net
Phone: 707-575-5537