Toby grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and has lived with his wife, Judy, in eastern Juniata County since 1981. They have three grown sons and four cherished grandchildren. He has dabbled in woodworking for most of his life. Since his retirement from the post office in 2012, his interest has turned to the wood lathe. With this tool, his artistic talent has been unleashed, creating many beautiful turned works. His work has been acknowledged by receiving a “Turning of the Week” award from the American Association of Woodturners’ website forum; he has also been named the 2014 “Artist of the Year” by the Perry County Council of the Arts. He is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, the Perry County Council of the Arts, the Susquehanna Woodturners Club, is a board member for the Mid-Atlantic Woodturners Association, and is a charter member of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. His works can be seen at local galleries and shops and at area arts and crafts events.
I enjoy discovering the designs and patterns hidden within the trees that grow around us. From the outside most trees appear mundane; trunk, bark, branches, leaves. However, inside this outer covering is an endless wealth of natural art. My objective is to expose this beauty for all to see. I collect local trees and bring them to my workshop in Liverpool, Pa I cut them with a chainsaw to an appropriate size to be mounted on my lathe. This is where I start peeling back the layers to reveal what nature has been hiding. Many decisions are made during this process; what shape, what size, which features to include, should I add color, what finish to apply. All of these choices determine the final look of each of my pieces. Woodturning is a never-ending learning and discovering experience for me. I hope you enjoy my work.