About Nick Rosato
I turn chunks of trees into bowls, goblets, decorations, art pieces, serving platters, pepper mills, holiday ornaments, baby rattles, rolling pins, lamps, tables, spinning tops, lazy susans, hollow forms, cremation urns, cookie jars, salt cellars, ice cream bowls, spoons, forks, kuksa cups, pens, and a bunch of other things.
Woodturning is the best. It's creative, exploratory, and functional. Carving into wood is an exploration of form, function, and uncertainty. Every tree is different. Some trees call out to be bowls, others to be decorative art pieces. As a turner, I maximize each piece to show it's best qualities. For instance, a 20" diameter cherry tree, straight and true, calls out to be salad bowls. I could sell those in a heartbeat. A small piece of ash crotch wood, scraggly and ugly, should probably be burned. But i messed around with some and the results were awesome. Stunning, some might say.
During my explorations, I have found it is easy to appease an audience with burl wood or figured wood or some prized piece of tree. But to make something extraordinary out of an ordinary chunk of trunk takes a craftsman who understands the material and is a master at the tools and gouges used to carve a vision out of the wood. I am surrounded many such individuals here in Vermont and eagerly seek out their advice and share my own.
I want to do it all. I want to turn every project that anyone has ever turned. I doubt I'll ever actually do that, but if I do I'll let you know. I just think the possibilities of what can be done with the lathe are amazing. From traditional spindle projects to contemporary multi-axis turning I love it all. Sit me down in front of a woodturning demonstration and I am as content as a lap dog.
I make some pretty cool stuff, too. One of my favorites is an ash crotch wood goblet. And that set of four nested burl bowls with live edge is one of the sweetest things since chocolate covered cherries drizzled with maple syrup. Just saying. I'm constantly making and exploring new projects. My body of work has certainly evolved over the years and I occasionally fall back on old ideas for inspiration.
I do not do segmented wood turning because that requires the other side of the brain. Although, I did make a 26" sphere out of segmented pieces. That was another word for a female dog. But it worked. Customer was thrilled! You will be thrilled too if you were to purchase one of my pieces. I definitely sell stuff. All the time. And I need to sell more. So check out that gallery, eh?
One last thing, I highly recommend listening to music while turning. It's so good. Check out Jungle. They're a pretty mellow band with some groovy tunes. So good.
Enjoy your day!
Notable Accomplishments, Juried Craft Shows, and Galleries
- Made my first bowl, 2007, Colchester, VT.
- 2008 Vermont Fine Furniture Show: 2nd place for Production Woodwork, Square Platters
- 2008 Vermont Fine Furniture Show: 2nd place for Custom Woodturning, Maple Burl Bowl
- Craftproducers, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Buyers Market of American Craft, 2012, 2013
- New York International Gift Fair, 2012, 2013, 2014
- ACAC Craft Show at Lincoln Center, New York, NY 2011, 2012, 2013,
- Artisans Hand, Montpelier, VT
- DeCordova Museum, Boston, MA
- Chuckanut Bay Gallery, WA
- Common Good Market, MA
- Fine Eye Gallery, CA
- Stowe Crafy and Design, VT
- Houston Contemporary Art Museum
- Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco
- Grande Isle Artworks, Vermont
- Vermont Gift Barn
- Burlington Farmers Market, 2013 to current - visit me here every Saturday during the summer months. Great venue!
- instructor at Vermont Woodworking School, 2016, 2017
- Instructor at ACCESS Community Program, 2013 - 2016
- Opened Rosato Woodturning Center 2015.