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Lou Pignolet Bowls

Artistic and useful lathe-turned wooden bowls.

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For 38 years I was a chemistry professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I have always had an artistic interest in wood and became inspired by the beautiful lathe turned bowls in Hawaii during a camping vacation in 2005. In 2006 I explored wood turning on a foot-powered spring-pole lathe in a course at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota, and soon after purchased a power lathe and turning tools. I learned by trial and error and advice from wood turners in Hawaii. I retired from my teaching and research career in 2008, moved full time to our "cabin" in Hovland with my wife Inger, and I spend a good part of my time turning wooden bowls in my wood shop on the shore of Lake Superior. My wood turning skills have improved enormously, and I am now teaching a wood turning class at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.  My class is called Artistic Bark Edged Wooden Bowls and is intended for students who have some wood turning experience. Several of my bowls were recently selected for display for the King and Queen of Sweden. See my Current Interesting Stuff Page for details. I love the challenge of turning odd shaped pieces of wood with dramatic bark and spalting. I feel I am a conduit for salvaging old pieces of wood and bringing out all their natural beauty and charm, to be enjoyed by generations of people. Many of my bowls were salvaged from firewood piles. I especially enjoy turning bowls from local wood, especially burls.

You can hear an interesting interview about my bowl turning broadcast in July of 2015 by our local radio station (WTIP in Grand Marais, MN) at this link.

Lou doing a wood turning demonstration at the Crossing Borders Studio Tour in 2009