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Morrie Elmer shifted a lifelong hobby in general woodworking into a full-time vocation in wood turning in 1993, with a focus on creating decorative hollow vessels. His motivation in working with the wood lathe is driven by his deep appreciation for the unique variations in the texture, color and character of wood making each turning uniquely different from another, even if the form is similar.
Gathering all of his turning stock himself, Morrie works with mostly western hardwoods – favoring Olive, Manzanita, Desert Ironwood, Mesquite, Carob, Pistachio, various Oaks, and any burl wood.
He uses only well-seasoned wood as the drying process of whole log sections produces cracks and voids in which he inlays semi-precious stones: Turquoise, Malachite, Coral, Lapis, Sugilite Crystal, Peridot, Chrysocolla, Azurite, Gold Leaf, and also Precious Opal. The patterns of cracks and voids are never duplicated resulting in a unique, one of a kind work of art.
Morrie and his wife Donna make their home in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.