Central Ohio woodworker Scott Gordon exhibits a collection of his intricately designed wooden bowls in the Highline Coffee Art Space's North Window Gallery in Worthington, February 3-April 30, 2020. An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 3-5pm.
“While I never thought of pursuing woodworking as a career, one of my most cherished possessions is a lamp I turned on the lathe in 8th grade shop class,” Gordon says. “Early on, I discovered my passion for finding natural beauty in wood and transforming that into artwork.”
A full time IT professional, Gordon returned to woodworking when he realized that he missed the creativity and sense of accomplishment from making something of lasting beauty. In addition to creating his wooden works of art, Gordon teaches segmented bowl turning at Woodcraft of Columbus.
“All of my pieces are wood-based, primarily using only natural colors of the wood,” Gordon explains. “I find the innate splendor in the wood, including the burls and knots. Sometimes, this may make the object functionally unusable, such as a bowl, for example. Artistically, however, the outcome is the only one of its kind. The beauty of the object will far outweigh the functionality every time.”
Gordon says he’s “been known to pull off the side of the road to pick up a log or an interesting piece of wood. Knowing that something beautiful is hidden in that log, I will often study it for months just to decide how I might want to enhance it. Mother Nature spent years creating that exquisite piece of wood; I simply pick up where she left off.”
“Before our shop expansion last year, we were able to show only two-dimensional art in the Art Space,” says Christie Bruffy, owner and manager of Highline Coffee Co. “Now we have a window gallery available and we’re delighted to have Scott’s wonderful woodwork be our first 3D exhibit. We’re thrilled that so many local talented artists are eager to show their work in the Art Space.”