wood seam ripper banner colored laminate turning by Cynthia
logo-wood-turnings-by-cynthia Home About Me Gallery Products Contact

Links / Terms & Conditions

Home About Me Gallery Products Contact

For Mobile Device and Tablet users, if you do not see a slide show gallery here, it’s because Flash Player is not supported. Please click my logo at left to be taken to a photo album instead, where you can see several vintage images of Wood Turnings by Cynthia.

Enjoy!

Turning colorful wood into useful, beautiful tools has been my passion and sole support since 1978.



The summer of '75, I took a casual drive out west. I wasn't intending to stay, but did so for three-plus decades. My life turned away from corporate office jobs, and instead, along the handcrafted path of creativity.


After graduating in Creative Arts ~ Interdisciplinary from San Francisco State University (1978), I drew on my independence, inspired by dad's skill and mom's art, and began my career as a "Street Artist" in Berkeley, California. Many fine art and craft fairs followed.

In 2008, I returned to NH to care for my elderly parents, coincidentally finding a niche for my handcrafted tools within the local fiber arts community and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. My work (especially seam ripper, scissor pendant, and edge presser tool) has been recognized for its style and uniqueness in several magazines of the trade! I'm thrilled that in some small way my work supports the creative expression of others.

Using composites of dyed Northern Birch (ideally suited to my craft), I also take a tiny stand in defense of Mother Nature's rainforest.

Now, my hands have called a "time out" by developing severe CMC basal joint arthritis. Surgery was performed on one thumb (just before Thanksgiving) and the other will follow suit eventually. During the ~8-month recovery, I'll be starting my craft artist memoir
"Turnings" (with wood turning projects). So, stay tuned...

Update: June 2015

The skeletal repair of my left thumb is fairly finished, but not my memoir, by any means!

Turns out writing about personal stuff is a far, far more difficult task than ever I imagined.

Still, if you’d like to read the Introduction, it’s moved over to my WOODbyC blog, where you’ll find other tidbits of info about me, my work, and life as a craft artist.

(Blog-link is that photo of me in 1975, sitting on the Volkswagon bug I drove across the country…)

Cheers!

Cynthia

(I’m the “C” in WOODbyC)


CYNTHIA ELLIS

Woodturner, craft artist, photographer, web-designer, writer.


 email Cynthia

Got Questions?

I love talking with customers in person at quilt or craft shows, helping to select the right gift, discussing woodturning or the challenges of a one-woman business! But online, we need email.

Link to Photo Album (instead of Flash Player)