Lyn R. Walker
Lyn has been drawn to wood since he was about 14 years old, when he attempted to carve Grecian Columns for a school project. Later, he worked sandblasting wooden signs, carving sculptures, and building furniture. While in the Navy, Lyn received his Associate’s Degree in Commercial Art, which he continues to use in the pyrography and other artistic elements in his bowls. Throughout his 20 years in the Navy and another 20 years working for the Department of Defense, woodworking has been a hobby and a passion. He is retired now with a great workshop, and lives with his wife Carol in the hills of eastern Tennessee.
“In 2013, I took a beginner’s class on wood turning, and I think I found my niche. I find time between my bowl turning, to read articles and watch videos which teach and inspire me. I harvest some of my turning blanks while cutting firewood, and other times people who know of my interest offer me trees or beautiful specimens of wood. Working with different woods can be very inspiring. Each species has it’s own color, character and flaws and you have to learn to work with them. For me, wood warms the soul and inspires a reverence for it… like most of God’s Creation.”