Fine Art of Woodturning
Fine Art of Woodturning

A little about the process

Nathan Hemperly is a fine art woodturner who produces collectable wood vases, bowls, urns and dyed vessels.  I collect the trees from Kansas to Washington state, bring them to my fine art woodturning shop, Marnasi Studios,  and begin the blocking and spalting process.  I want to preserve as much of the wood as possible and so I use a stabilizing process for the wood that is too soft (rotten) to use.  This wood has some great character.  Depending on the wooden vessels I'm working with, it may be left natural, dyed, carved or embellished with exotic inlay, rock, precious stone or metals.  The result is fine wood turned art that all can enjoy.
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What's New

At Marnasi Studios, Nathan Hemperly is busy collecting wood and Idaho State University is helping!  Recently two of their Black Walnut trees needed to come down and so they donated some of the wood to Marnasi Studios.  Special thanks to Steve Fuger (Director of Facilities) who called and asked if I would like some black walnut. I said yes and he made it happen. Wonderful man.  Thanks also to Chris Wagner the Grounds Keeper who loaded the logs on my trailer.  He is the kind of person that any organization would love to have working with them.  It is people like this and organizations like ISU who love the arts and are SO helpful to this community!!!  Again I want to Thank very much  ISU, Steve Fuger and Chris Wagner.

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Here we go!!! Oklahoma Fine Arts Show.  We got in the 2021 show.  This show draws over 600,000 visitors annually and averages $1.2 million in art sales each year.  That sounds like fine art and fine art lovers at this show.  The show is presented by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.  They have been great to work with and I look forward to being at the show with them.  If you are in the area or would like a fine road trip destination come to the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts on June 22-27. I'll have some new turned sculpture pieces I believe you will enjoy.   I sure hope to see you there.


Omaha Summer Arts Festival  June 7-9, 2019   This is a great show with a new location this year.  The festival will take place between 10th and 14th on Mike Fahey Street, (455 N. 10th Street) 

Come on down and see us.  We will be in booth 96 with some new pieces of turned art I'm sure you will enjoy.  Come over, have something to eat, surroung yourself with fabulous art.  See you there!!!

BOISE ART MUSEUM ART in the PARK, ( BAM) show is coming up September 6-8, 2019.  It'S held at Julia Davis Park.  This show features top artists from around the county and some great food.  If you want to see and purchase some fine art this is the place.  We will bring some beautiful new turnings that I'm sure you will enjoy.  My booth number is 27 so stop in and see us.  See you there!!

Northwest Art Alliance is presenting the Fall Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Crafts Show, November 9 - 11, 2018.  Connect with the "Best" established and emerging artists and craftspeople in a venue filled with character.  Come celebrate all things handmade, enjoy great food and activities, and buy works of enduring beauty, at Hanger 30 in Seattle's Magnuson Park.   Join us for the Northwest's premiere art and fine craft show.  I'll be in booth B6.  Go to the Northwest Art Alliance web site, click on the FALL show (left side of page) and sample some great art that will be there.     COME ON OVER TO SEATTLE AND ENJOY THE SHOW!!

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