Paul Ferrell, a self-taught woodturner, creates woodturnings specializing in hollow form vessels, bowls of all sizes, as well as oil lamps, decorative wooden wine tops, and ikebana. Almost all the woods used in Paul’s creations are native to western Kentucky. He enjoys using woods that are burled, spalted, or curled. (Spalting is a by-product of the decaying process carried out by an array of fungi found naturally on the forest floor. It is decorative and can be greatly valued.)
Wood is a natural product. Each tree has individual qualities and quirks just as people do. These variations are what makes wood so interesting and appealing. No two pieces are alike; all are unique. Irregular patterns, voids, and some insect boring holes are part of the wood’s character. They are not considered defects or flaws. In fact, Paul often likes to draw attention to these unique qualities as a focal point of the piece.
Paul is a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and a founding member of the American Association of Woodturners. His work has been exhibited at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Speed Museum in Louisville, and the American Craft Museum in New York.
Paul’s work can be found at Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation in Louisville and at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea.