Lyle Jamieson

Tale of Footsteps

Traverse City, MI
Turned and carved curly maple

“The human form started out as a technical challenge in wood, but for me it has now become a creative adventure. Curly maple has a warm soft grain character that allows it to glimmer and be dynamic. My goal has been to honor women and lift them up by breathing life, beauty and emotion into the form. I use a multi-axis approach to turning these forms on the lathe with some works formed entirely by carving. In this piece I have created two visual experiences. The relatively shallow relief carving is the frontal topography. There is also a silhouette shape that subtly influences the visual experience.” Lyle Jamieson has been involved with woodworking and woodturning since an early age. His father, a pattern maker in Detroit, taught him technical skills and the intricacies of wood, both structural and artistic. Jamieson has taught woodturning at numerous symposiums and craft schools. He is an extended education instructor in woodturning at Northwestern Michigan College. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and is in several permanent collections. He has won numerous awards, including the Canadian Woodturning Championships in British Columbia.