Always seeking a creative outlet, Keith Burns realized his true calling in the mid-90’s after viewing a woodturning demonstration by famed wood turner Ray Allen. Inspired by what he saw, he couldn’t wait to purchase a lathe and some tools and start training himself in the basics.

Over the years Keith has honed his skills and developed his own distinct style. Nothing flashy, just good form and a knack for exposing the best out of every hunk of wood he puts on his lathe. “With the exception of the use of pyrographic techniques to create texture and design, I consider myself to be a minimalist turner, meaning that I do not typically use carving or other embellishments in my work. I see myself as a “student of form”. “

"I love finding a discarded piece of wood that is destined for a fireplace or landfill," says Keith. "I mount it on the lathe and gently awaken the beauty found inside. No two pieces of wood are the same. This is one of the things that make this art form so much fun. You can try to duplicate a form or shape, but you can never duplicate the natural grain or unique coloring of the wood."

It is Keith’s minimalist approach that drew me to his work. Normally, I’m not a big fan of “finials” which are a mainstay in this collection. But with Keith, I instantly made an exception. His use of the “finial” seems to act as an exclamation mark, a fitting statement to the purity of the form below.

I hope you are as taken by the works of Keith Burns as I have been.

Enjoy!!! Ray Leier

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