Even though "art" or "artist" is a new way for me to look at myself which makes me uncomfortable, I do enjoy the creative process and watching other people get great joy from my work.
Right now I still have a full time job so I don't get out into the garage as much as I would like. So, I don't have a ton of inventory on hand but you can rest assured that what I lack in volume I make up for in quality.
Who is Michael Skiba?
Woodworking has allowed me to create things beautiful things from a simple medium, wood. I never intended to become an "artist". I was just having some fun. Next thing you know people are telling me I should sell my stuff. Wood turning on a lathe is my favorite woodworking activity, but I also enjoy joy making unique boxes as well. My wife is a dog trainer and I make quite a few memorial pet urns.
When I am working in my shop it's just me, my music, the wood, the lathe and the tool in my hand. I usually have an idea of what I want to make but most of the time the wood tells me what it wants to be. It's almost like the shape is born out of the wood and I am just there to help it along. Mother Nature is revealing her secrets in the wood to me.
I am hands on from beginning to end. I harvest and transport all my own wood before I finally get my hands on it. I work with both "wet" and dry wood. When you work this way there is no guarantee it won't crack or warp. That is the risk you take when you do things by hand.
When the wood cracks it isn't broken. Each small imperfection is actually a unique "perfection". The wood is just like us-flawed but still beautiful in it's own way.
All of my wood is harvested from diseased, dying or dead trees, no healthy live trees are taken for my craft. I get most of my wood from our beautiful Colorado mountains and I use aspen often. I also get quite a bit of wood from friends with dead or dying trees.
If you have wood you would like to turn into a family heirloom please contact me. My wife's parents cut down an old ash tree in their yard and I made a bowl for all their kids. It's a great way to remember their childhood home. Allow me to do this for you as well.