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.
     For stabilizing punky wood try Mesquite Man's Cactus Juice, it works great.  Buy it at

Just added resin to the wood turning fun.  Burls I wasn't able to turn before, can now be saved and made into a beautiful work of art.  Hope you enjoy the resin / wood art!


Enjoy the Gallery and please contact me with questions or to purchase. Just go the the Contact Us page and let me know how I may be of service. Thank you

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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Eagle Rock Art Guld is having their 67th Annual Art Festival.  JULY 23, 2022 from 10am to 6pm and 24, 2022 from 10am to 5pm. The location is along Pier View Drive in Snake River Landing in downtown Idaho Falls, Idaho.  FREE admission to the public.  Come on out and see regional and national artists with a wide variety of fine art.


Art in the Park,  July 29- 30, 2022, Richland , Washington.  For 71 years this event has been a highlight in the Tri-City area.   Held in the Howard Amon Park on the Columbia River in Richland.  Paddle Boat tours dock right at the event!!   My booth is 229 so stop in, chat, and look at some great art.  Hope to see you there.

SunValley Arts & Crafts Festival will be held at Atkinson Park in Ketchum, Idaho.  The show will be held, August 12-14, 2022 from 10am - 5pm (on Sunday it will close at 4pm).  Artists from all over the country will be there.  My booth id E9 so come by and say hello.  Hope to see you there!

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