Rodney L. Taylor

Lawrence, Kansas

I guess I have always found particular beauty in wood that is naturally carved and turned to express its own life force weaving to and fro in the process of growth. Before retirement I was a professor of East Asian religion and philosophy at CU Boulder for 35 years and its influence on me is great, certainly in artistic form.
The I-Ching, Book of Changes, has an expression foundational to all East Asian thought: sheng-sheng – “life producing life “– life forever moving on.
To me a piece of wood embodies that spirit of life in development. I would like my turnings to represent that force and that process. I find woodturning an art form that has the capacity to hold and express the beauty of the natural world. Turning to me is an uncovering and unfolding process of finding beauty within a piece of wood and providing a means for its realization in visible form.
Many of the materials I use in turning come from the off-grid retreat I share with my spouse Judith – a retreat at 8,600 feet in the ghost town of Turret outside of Salida and in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where many peaceful hours are spent.