Thomas Ankrum has been a hobbyist woodcrafter for many years. Once he began working with a lathe, he became consumed with making wood turned items.
This rural Pennsylvania artist uses local and exotic woods to make ink pens, styluses, rolling pins, cutting boards, bowls and other household items. Thomas finds ideas of things he’d like to make in trade magazines and experiments with design ideas to make similar objects with his own unique design.
As a sustainably minded artist, he appreciates the innate qualities and textures of different types of wood and sculpts his pieces to highlight the intrinsic grains and textures of each wood. He also recycles the wood shavings in his garden or compost or someone else’s.