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PO Box 1184
Williston, VT 05495

The mission of the Vermont Hand Crafters is to inspire, nurture and promote the creative community of fine crafts and arts in Vermont.

Toby Fulwiler

fulwiler at the lathe

Toby turns bowls of various sizes and shapes from local hardwoods, including sugar and red maple, white ash, black cherry, and apple. He retired from teaching writing at UVM in 2002 and now works full time at his small business, Fairfield Farm Bowls. Living on ninety-two acres of mixed hardwoods in Fairfield, Vermont, he manages his woodlot for hiking and cross-country skiing, wildlife habitat, fuel wood for burning, and interesting wood for turning.

Using his woods and fields in these diverse ways connects him to a long line of pioneers, naturalists, and artisans who lived on and learned from their native land.

hand turned wood bowls

While Toby finds wood for turning logs on his own land, he also obtains wood from friends and neighbors as well as local loggers and farmers. In fact, many interesting pieces of sugar maple, some with tap holes, come from trees culled from nearby sugaring woods. All his bowls should be functional, good looking, and smooth to the touch. Many are turned with natural edges (some bark remaining on the rim) to suggest the wood's origin in the Vermont landscape.

single wood bowl

When selecting wood for bowl making, two design principles intersect. To begin with, each piece of wood suggests a potential bowl according to type, color, size, and shape: small colorful wood may suggest salt, spice, or jewelry bowls; larger wood blanks, perhaps salad, fruit, or serving bowls. However, once the wood is mounted and spinning on the lathe, possibilities expand or contract as the chisel reveals cracks, knots, holes, rot, special grain, or foreign objects embedded in the wood. Each finished bowl emerges as some intersection of initial promise and revealed possibility. In other words, the turner hopes he's in control from the git go, but the wood often teaches him otherwise.

Toby participates in up to ten Vermont craft shows a year and currently exhibits work in numerous galleries, including Artisan's Hand, Artist in Residence, Art on Main, Edgewater, and Miller's Thumb.

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