About John Wells
John Wells is a professional woodturner, carver, and furniture maker living in the small town of Boulder Creek, nestled among the redwoods, oaks, and madrones of a small valley in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He works in a studio shop on the same nine acres where he built his family’s house after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. He has been an elementary school teacher and stay at home dad. He reads, mountain bikes, and started scuba diving in 2010.
After finishing (well almost) the house he decided to try woodwork as a profession and quickly settled on wood turning as his passion. Personal referrals brought him all the business he could handle. He has turned poles for spiral staircases 15’ long, columns 12’ x 22”, bowls 44” in diameter, chess pieces ½” tall and everything in between. His columns sit in the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He has produced spiral, octagonal, and carved posts, balusters and rail fittings. An interesting niche is the series of candle stands and communion sets he has designed and executed for local churches. He volunteers at a local high school teaching woodturning.
John is now concentrating on the wooden bowl, hollow vessels, and sculpture while continuing to produce architectural and furniture commissions. He revels in the chance to express his creative passions unfettered by the needs and desires of others and by functional design constraints. He looks forward to sharing and collaborating with other artists.