Eric Lima Woodturning

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ARIZONA WOOD TURNINGS

BY ERIC  LIMA

 

 

Self-taught wood turning artisan, Eric Lima, of Chandler, AZ, has been creating wood bowls & vases since 1993. The tree varieties he chooses are from Arizona & include mesquite, olive, ironwood & pistachio, to name just a few. The natural turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty Mine of Globe, AZ, added after each form has dried & cracked, further enhances their beauty. Each piece is unique & individually hand-crafted, & they come in many shapes, sizes &wood varieties.

The creative process begins when a log is cut with a chain saw to a rough form.  Then, it is mounted on the lathe, where it is turned to its basic shape.

The piece is set aside to dry for a period of time, then is back on the lathe and gets its final shape.  Next is the turquoise inlay work, a meticulous process now handled by his wife, Cari.  Finally, the piece undergoes sanding and several coats of tung oil finish for a magnificent sheen.  The entire process can take a few months to over a year, depending on the size and type of wood.

It took many years to perfect the unique style and outstanding quality that Eric takes pride in. His works continue to expand, and he has received several awards, including first place in his category at “The Best of Scottsdale” Art Show, held each spring in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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