Joseph Waldroup

Hometown: Hayesville, NC

As a wood turner, I feel very fortunate to have lived most of my life on a farm in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. With so many species and subspecies of hardwoods right here, I have little need to look far from home to find really nice wood.

I’ve been wood working most of my life. I bought my first lathe when I was about twenty years old. I used it off and on through the years; making table legs, spindles and a few bowls. Then the lathe set idle for a long time. In 2006, my son, Chuck, took up wood turning in a big way. He kept encouraging me to get back to turning. For a few years, I was happy just to help him harvest wood and to share what knowledge I had with wood. It wasn’t until 2009 that I turned my first natural edge bowl. I was hooked.

Sculptor, Art at the Armory