"Creating beauty in wood is deeply rewarding in itself; the reward is all the greater when it both pleases people and helps others."
Eric Reeves retired as Professor of English at Smith College in 2016 and is a woodturner passionately committed to his craft. Retirement has enabled him to devote a great deal more time to wooturning, and he specializes in lidded vessels, finial and inlay work, hollow and enclosed forms, and bowls turned with classic ogee profiles. His work has long appeared in fine galleries. On returning...
... to woodturning in 1992—a quarter of a century after his introduction to the craft—Eric committed to donating all proceeds from gallery and on-line sales of his work to humanitarian organizations working in greater Sudan. For in addition to teaching and woodturning, he has long been a deeply committed advocate for peace and justice in this ravaged region of Africa.
In this sense, his work represents a synthesis of the moral and the aesthetic: every time he enters his woodturning shop, he has the sense that the greater his achievement of beauty in wood, the greater is his ability to alleviate suffering in Sudan. Creating beauty in wood is deeply rewarding in itself; the reward is all the greater when it both pleases people and helps others.
My work has been shown in numerous juried shows, and has been included in a number of gallery special events.