I'm Steve Johnson and I've been turning since 2010. Nearly everything made at Johnson Hollow comes from salvaged wood. Much of that salvage comes from trees brought down during the tornado that passed through Elmira in 2012. Some of the salvage comes from trees that are cut down around the area for a variety of reasons. Some even comes from our friends around the area.
At Johnson Hollow , I make bowls, platters, baseball bats, bottle stoppers, pens, pepper grinders, duck calls, clocks, bangles, and much, much more. Pretty much anything that's round is game around here! Artistic work is even a part of what happens in the shop as you can see by the photo on the right.
My wife, Cindy crochets Dream Catchers of all sizes and colors.
We are in Ridgeway, South Carolina and together we make hand-crafted gifts. We are happy to take and fill special request orders.
I am a Wood Turner
The wood spins creating a blur which becomes the canvas on which I paint. It has no beginning or end only limitless possibility. No artist brushes here- only knifes of steel to create the image inside waiting to be freed. Mystical in nature I peel back the layers of time that have been implanted by all that this tree has known and to all who basked in its greatness. As its secrets are revealed to me with each passing revolution, I have to wonder what lies within it next that will shape its final destiny. This amazing creation by God has helped mankind since time began and it matters not whether it is dead or alive. Its usefulness is unfailing as it transforms form one phase of its existence to another. How unselfish this gift of nature is! With little reflection one can marvel at and appreciate this manifestation. One could hardly list all that a tree has done for thee. Now in my hands it makes its final journey as my tool’s path is guided by its inherent beauty manifesting itself with each passing revolution. The final outcome will have no beginning or end. It will be so much more than when I started as a new purpose for its existence is created. The human element embraces and gives deeper meaning to the tradition of a wooden vessel. “The Bread of Life” is not complete unless served up in family heirlooms cherished for generations. It is an awesome responsibility to be part of the cycle of life for one of nature’s greatest gifts to mankind. I am a Wood Turner. ~ by Ken Rizza
Most people don't know a lot about wood turning. It's not easy. It's an art and should be treated as such. When you understand a little more about wood turning, and you understand the art of the craft, you'll begin the notice the smaller things that distinguish a chunk of turned wood from a piece of art. You will always see high levels of workmanship in our work. No gouge marks, no sanding marks, no drips or runs in the finish. We will not sell you something we are not 100% satisfied with. However, you are the one that needs to be satisfied and we want you to be completely satisfied with the work you get from this shop!
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