Kevin Bassett's interest in the art of wood turning evolved from his intensive study of plant pathology in his home state of Colorado, followed by a distinguished 40-plus-year career as a certified arborist.
Wood turning differs from other forms of woodworking in that the wood is moving while a stationary tool -- a lathe -- is used to cut and shape the wood to create intricate designs. Working with the lathe allows Bassett to explore and expose the incredible beauty of the inner part of the tree.
He describes his work as a collaboration with nature. "Even though I choose the shape, form and utility of a piece of a tree, ultimately the tree has its own voice. I am only a conduit through which the tree is able to speak."
Bassett's artwork ranges from decorative vases to functional items to intricately-laced sculptures. Each piece is one of a kind.