Born on Cutshin Creek in southeastern Kentucky, Richard Adams has always been fascinated with wood. Whether it was climbing trees in the mountains, gathering firewood, or working alongside his dad in the woodshop, he enjoyed the textures, colors and uniqueness of wood.
When introduced to the wood lathe, Richard’s interest in wood grew exponentially. (A lathe is a mechanical tool that holds and rotates a piece of wood so that various tools can carve and shape the spinning wood)
Richard was delighted by the shavings that flew off the tools and into the air. He was captivated by the variety of shapes that quickly emerged, and astonished by the treasures that could be thus found within a log.
Artistic and utilitarian bowls are Richard’s primary work, but he also enjoys turning hollow forms, lidded boxes, pepper and salt mills, pens and trivets.
Richard recently completed serving as Master Artist in Residency at the Appalachian Artisan Center.
Work by Richard Adams can be found in the Appalachian Artisan Center, Hindman, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.