Lonnie Combs was born in Breathitt County in Eastern Kentucky and has been working with wood since the age of 15. He received a BS in Industrial Education, and taught Industrial Arts for several years before entering the housing construction business.
Upon retirement in 2000, Lonnie began focusing on woodturning full-time, using wood that is freshly cut or “green” and usually procured after storm damage of native trees. Living in rural Jefferson County, Lonnie now spends his time at the wood lathe creating wood art sculptures, vases, hollow forms and a variety of food-safe bowls.
Lonnie’s experience working as a cabinet/ furniture maker allows him to focus on details. He uses hard carnauba wax as well as edible flax seed oil to finish the surfaces of his works. His functional bowls should be quickly hand washed and dried.
Work by Lonnie Combs can be found at Appalachian Fireside Gallery, Berea, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.