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Lynn H. Southward

I consider myself a cabinet maker who has evolved into an artist - someone who loves woodworking and creating something beautiful out of wood.  I have been a self-employed cabinet maker since 1968, owning Southward Custom Wood Products, Inc. in Blissfield.

In recent years I have been shifting more from the functional side of wood to the artistic side with wood turning becoming my favorite art form.  I especially enjoy segmented turnings, combining local Michigan woods with exotic woods from other countries.  Recently I have also begun creating hollow vessels frequently using burls from trees with interesting grains and voids.  My work has been featured in several galleries and shows throughout Michigan.

I am an active member in the Michigan Ohio Woodturners, a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, currently serving as their treasurer.  The group currently meets monthly at our shop.