My name is Michael Mittelman. I am an artist who has been working in wood for the last several years. When I first got into woodworking, my wife gave me a class at the North Bennet Street School as a gift. The topic of the class was bowl turning on the lathe. I had a blast and knew I would get back to turning at some point.
When the quarantine of 2020 began, I was separated from my main woodshop at Artisan’s Asylum so couldn’t continue my primary body of work. Although I was sad to be separated from my artwork, I was more concerned about the millions of people who were without work, income and possible access to food and shelter.
In the first weeks of the quarantine I picked up a small lathe, partially for myself, and partially to teach my son to turn during his “Spring Break”. Using first scraps from my primary body of artwork, then green wood I had collected, then kiln dried wood from Highland Hardwoods I started turning out bowls.
I am getting better at turning bowls, and some of them are turning out quite well, so let’s find them a good home.