Bill Montgomery


Bill Montgomery has been interested in woodturning for over fifty years, having turned his first bowl in junior high school. Over the years, in his spare time, he has developed his skills turning numerous objects on a succession of small lathes and signed them “Moto,” a longstanding nickname.

Bill is retired from the practice of law in Chicago and lives much of the year in Aspen, where he has his workshop. He now works on a large-capacity, professional-grade “Stubby” lathe, and is able to devote more continuous time to the production of varying shapes and sizes of bowls and enclosed hollow forms. These are made from logs of differing wood species accumulated over time from the Colorado mountains, the Arizona desert, foreign travels, backyards and friends.

 

Norfolk Island Pine
“Norfolk Island lies in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and New Zealand. Discovered by Captain Cook in 1774, it subsequently became an odious adjunct of the British penal colony in Australia. The distinctive Norfolk Island pine grows straight and tall, and its branches grow out on a series of horizontal planes, enabling a maker of end-grain turnings to reveal knots evenly spaced around the circumference. The tree now grows in various other locations, and is plentiful in Hawaii, which is the source for my current turned pieces. I am indebted to Ron Kent of Kailua, Oahu, for the wood, and the inspiration.”
- Bill Montgomery

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