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Larry Taylor, Taylor Turnings

Larry Taylor is a wood turner who shapes artisanal gifts and accessories from a variety of woods in the Mid Atlantic Region and exotic woods from around the world. His one-of-a-kind creations include small and large bowls, wine stoppers, vases, ice cream scoops, pens, and much more.

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Larry Taylor
Taylor Turnings
5 Rickover Court
Annapolis, MD 21401

Artist Statement

A jeweler by trade for over four decades, Larry has put his skills to work in a variety of art forms. From building houses, boats, and furniture, to stained glass creations and wood turning, Larry has used his hands to shape, nail, bend, and weld together different materials to create fine art. Most recently, Larry founded Annapolis, Maryland-based Taylor Turnings, featuring a collection of hand-crafted bowls, accessories, and gifts shaped from wood found around the Mid Atlantic Region.

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Biography

From the time I was a young boy, I have always worked with wood, mostly in practical forms. Studying industrial education as a teen, I used my skills to start a career in home building. I carried pieces of lumber around job sites, learning the names of different woods, and studying their texture, composition, and color. Soon, I began building homes, and eventually I expanded those skills to build whatever my wife and children had use for, including furniture, custom gun handles, advanced equestrian fences, boats, and much more. More recently, as an extension of my arts education, I took a class in wood turning as a means to earn a living and stay busy in retirement. However, wood turning has become much more than just a way to earn a living; wood turning is my passion and a means to express my creativity.

While most people associate malleability with plastics and metals, I think of wood as malleable because it can be shaped in many different ways. So long as I’m not checking off my “Honey-Do-List,” I spend my time turning wood using a 900-pound lathe I keep in my shed. Friends and family, who are supportive of my craft, collect wood on my behalf, mostly oak, walnut, cherry, and maple from the Mid Atlantic Region. My collection includes wood from the U.S. Naval Academy and the Maryland State House, while other pieces include some of the most exotic woods in the world, such as snakewood, pink ivory, and cocobolo wood. I draw my inspiration from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including Annapolis, Maryland, where I live with my wife Judy, three grown children, and grand-children. You can find me and see my work at fine arts festivals and crafts shows around Maryland.

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