Bill Haskell

Biography

I have a degree in Economics and I spent over 30 years in aerospace financial management. Towards the end of my professional life, I became interested in and then excited by turning wood on the lathe.

Since my early years, I have had a keen interest in “making” and creative expression. I pursued that interest in several mediums, including silver jewelry and metal sculpture, but mainly in wood. My first encounter with woodturning occurred in Junior High woodshop, where a few bowls were turned using poor tools and little instruction. The memory of this woodturning experience and attendant gratification remained with me over the years, and in1989 my latent interest in woodturning was rekindled when I bought a secondhand lathe. Since that time, I have become an avid and active woodturner.

I’m largely self-taught from the insight gained at numerous woodturning symposiums, demonstration classes, and involvement in various woodturning clubs over the years. I feel challenged in new and exciting ways by the artistic and technical avenues this medium offers. Artistic expression in turned wood has exploded over the last 50 years, and I’m enthusiastically a part of this creative direction.

Publications:
• American Woodturner, Journal of the American Association of Woodturners
• Phil Irons book, Woodturning Two-in-One
• Member Directory 2010 cover, Collectors of Wood Art

Represented by:
• LaFave Gallery, Springdale, Utah
• Fine Line Designs Gallery, Ephraim, Door County, Wisconsin

Collections:
• Honolulu Academy of Arts Permanent Collection – donated by Dan Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser
• Racine Art Museum, donated by Ruth Greenberg
• John & Patti Hill Collection, Weaverville, North Carolina

Exhibits:
• “AAW National Exhibit,” Fitchburg Museum, Massachusetts, 1994 & 1996
• “Design in Wood,” Del Mar, California, 1996 & 1997
• Del Mano Gallery, Glendale Woodturners Guild Exhibit, Pasadena, California, 1998
• “Taste of Art,” Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, California, 2002
• “The Living Room: Art as an Accessory,” Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, California, 2003
• “Trees to Treasures,” AAW Symposium, Glendale, California, 2003
• “Sea to Odyssey,” AAW Symposium Orlando, Florida, 2004
• “Recycling Trees,” Glendale Woodturners Guild, Glendale, California, 2011

Previous Galleries:
• Highlight Gallery, Mendocino, California, 1996-2006
• Charlene’s Gallery Ten, Gills Rock, Door County, Wisconsin, 1998-2001
• Franklin Woods Gallery, Baileys Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin, 2000-2007
• Artisans Gallery, Idyllwild, Caliornia, 2006-2010
• Acorn Gallery, Idyllwild, California, 2011

TV:
• HGTV’s Carol Duval show segment on Bill Haskell, woodturner, May 2004 with continuing reruns