Bob Silberman

I have been a woodworker for over forty years. After I retired from teaching, I decided to expand my hobby by learning how to turn wood. I found woodturning to be the most challenging and satisfying woodworking I had ever done. The act of turning plain pieces of wood into useful and /or decorative objects was a liberating experience.

In my turnings, I strive to enhance the natural beauty of the wood’s grain and color characteristics. I also found that I like to combine different woods to add color variety

to my work. I often put a piece of wood on the lathe without a plan, begin turning, and let the nature of the wood influence the final work. Most of the wood I use is local hard wood that is often salvaged from my neighbor’s back yards. I only use non-toxic finishes on my turnings, making them food safe. To clean a bowl wipe with a damp cloth. The outside of the bowl can be polished with any good wood polish.


I am a member of the American Association of Woodturners and the Central New York woodturners club based in Syracuse. I have attended workshops given by several nationally known woodturners.

Ithaca, N.Y.

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