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About Tom Robinson
Tom Robinson grew up in NE Montana, served with the US Navy Seabees from 1965 to 1969, graduated with an engineering degree from Montana State University in 1973 and worked as a project engineer constructing VA hospitals around the country until retirement in 2000.
Throughout his career Mr. Robinson would acquire another tool each time they needed a new piece of furniture and then build it himself. He found that building furniture was a relaxing and enjoyable past time. While working in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Robinson became interested in woodturning. He became involved with the ‘Woodturners of North Texas’ and benefited from the excellent mentoring from that group’s outstanding wood turners.
After retirement and relocation back to Bozeman, Mr. Robinson’s first major project was to build a shop from which he could pursue his passion of wood turning with an occasional piece of furniture. He is an active member of the Northern Rockies Woodworking Guild of Bozeman and has served as President and Vice President of the guild. He has also been a member of the American Association of Woodturners for many years.
I am inspired by nature and the natural landscapes found all over Montana. I arise to the sunrise over the Bozeman Pass and retire as the sun is setting over the Tobacco Root Mountains.
I work mostly with salvaged wood. Trees that were taken down and destined for the firewood pile or the land fill. It is quite rewarding to take this wood and add a simple pleasing shape and a nice finish to fully enjoy the beauty of the wood. It is especially rewarding when others appreciate the work.
On occasion, if the wood and shape warrant it, I will add surface embellishments such as texture and/or color. I see the wood at this point as a 3 dimensional canvas.
I will also make functional pieces that still require the same level of craftsmanship but the finish is designed for durability with daily use.