Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1942, Steve’s early interest in woodworking led to a degree in Industrial Education from Iowa State University, followed by a 33-year career in industry and social services facilities management.
Woodworking was a hobby, concentrating on furniture and clocks. In 1975, he read Dale Nish’s Creative Woodturning, which sparked what has become a passionate interest in artistic woodturning. By 1998 he was turning full-time and in 2001 he and his wife Anne added a studio to their Bettendorf, Iowa home.
“Steve concentrates on developing intricate surface decoration using silver leaf, acrylics and ink on deep hollow vessels turned primarily of maple, walnut or cherry.
His works are found in museums, galleries, and collections from New York to California and have been featured in art and craft publications in the United States, England and Australia. The Cheongju International Craft Biennele in South Korea has exhibited his work three times and in 2003 awarded him a special citation. His work is in the permanent collections of four midwestern museums, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. He is included in the 2009 book Masters: Woodturning: Major Works by Leading Artists. Another book, Wood Art Today 2, published in 2010, features his newer ultra thin ‘Spool’ series. The latest book to include his work is Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood, published in 2015.
In addition to woodturning, Steve plays bass clarinet in the Bettendorf Park Band and the Quad City Wind Ensemble and was a nationally certified fire service instructor and volunteer firefighter for over thirty years. His company, “Advanced Lathe Tools” manufactures and sells the tools he developed over the years to create deep hollow vessels. He has taught and demonstrated in numerous art and craft schools, clubs, and symposiums for sixteen years.