About Us

Juried Artist/Studio:

Charles Pritchard

Business Name:

Creative Woods

Short Description:

Woodturner

Contact Number:

660-665-1905

Email Address:

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About Our Art

Charles Pritchard creates unique wooden forms, both functional and decorative, from the Midwestern-native woods, dramatic burls of the West Coast, and exotics harvested from managed-tropical forests.

Nature offers unexpected delights with bark inclusions, insect trails, and molds enhancing rich tones released as my tools peel away the outer layer of the wood. Each piece has unique attributes; and as it turns on the lathe, he decides how best to exhibit them. To him, wood turning is forever fresh and exciting with a never-ending variety of natural materials and techniques to explore.

What began 20 years ago as a release from the pressure of his medical career, now feeds a desire to understand the exceptionalities behind the different woods and appreciation for creating something of beauty to share with others. The wooden forms produced, both functional and decorative, are from the Midwestern-native woods, dramatic burls of the West Coast, and exotics harvested from managed-tropical forests.

Utilizing only environmentally safe finishing materials, he prefers a fine natural sheen. Occasionally, he will enhance a piece by carving or texturing; but avoid high glosses and artificial embellishments.

Chuck has trained with award-winning craftsmen from around the world to develop his style for hand-worked art. His pieces are exhibited in galleries in several states and are recognized as lasting works of art developed from sustainable materials.

Chuck lives seven miles from the small Missouri community of Kirksville,

At the end of January 2011, He retired from his medical practice; but still teaches housestsaff at the Hospital. His time is otherwise taken up with his familly, trout fishing, and woodworking.

Charles Pritchard
Juried Member

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