Les Dougherty 2016

Media: Wood

Address: 56752 SW Sain Creek Rd, Gaston OR 97119 Show in Google Maps
This studio is accessible.

Directions: From hwy 47 S from Forest Grove or N from Gaston turn west on Scoggins Valley Rd. Go 3.4 miles past the lumber mill and lake toll booth (no pass necessary.) Take first L onto West Shore Dr across the dam. Go 3.7 miles. Turn L onto Sain Creek Rd go 1.1 miles on gravel to green mailbox and driveway on left.

Artist’s Statement: Resting snug among the rolling foothills of the Tillamook forest Les Doughertys workshop springs to life amongst the trees. As his medium of choice is just out his front door the process of working and shaping wood runs full circle at North Woods Figured Woods. Although he doesnt claim to have a favorite species of wood Les is well known for his work with Big Leaf Maple and its associated forms. Skilled in hollow-forms bowls end grain cutting boards and flatware Les likes to work with each piece on an individual basis letting the wood decide what to become. Paying attention to the fine grain figure and spalt the pieces that Les works with bring him joy especially in the act of revealing their form upon the lathe. Les also holds special regard for his saws which are by far his favorite instrument in his toolkit. As a previous contractor this comes as no surprise as these tools come in handy on the worksite and when taking a break from the lathe to build finely tuned

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