ADDRESS Interview with Trevor Mills Woodturning.
Define your product in 3 sentences or less. I craft one-of-a-kind wooden bowls, often out of salvaged wood that are both beautiful and functional. My intention is to make every bowl special enough that it will be used, enjoyed and passed along to future generations as a heritage object.
Describe your creative process. As a violin maker once said, “It begins with butchery and ends with surgery.” I start with a log and a chainsaw and as the pieces are roughed out, the “figure” of the wood reveals itself. By the time the dried blanks are mounted for final turning, the bowl has already shown me its character and the fine work seems to take care of itself.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? I haven’t been turning long enough to experience a creative block, – still too much to learn!
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? You get good at what you do, not at what you would like to be doing – so make sure you’re doing what is really important to you.
What’s your dream project? I’ve spent most of my career as a photographer, but I’ve always had woodworking and furniture design in the back of my mind, so after getting into woodworking and woodturning a few years ago, I am living my dream project.
What art / design trends are you excited about? As living spaces become smaller and we have less room for “lots of stuff”, people are increasingly choosing smart design and craftsmanship over mass production and planned obsolescence.