Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

Bernard Hohlfeld

Bernard Hohlfeld


I try to create work that brings beauty into the world for all of us to enjoy. Wood brings inspiration so I turn every object with a desire to find a form that will reveal the natural beauty hidden within. Shapes are revealed to me as I turn the wood. If I find the shapes provocative, I believe others will as well. I study the surfaces and listen to the wood. We talk, we argue and when we reach an accord we are happy.

I started climbing trees when I was 5. I built my first camp fire when I was 10. In 7th grade I made a white pine broom holder for my Mom. I realized then my life was with wood. I learned carpentry & cabinetmaking and made a living teaching these trades. At 52 I fell in love with woodturning. At 56 I started Roundwood Studio. I am a member of the American Association of Woodturners, the Bucks Woodturners, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen.

As a woodturning artist I continually explore the variety of ways that I can display the natural beauty found in wood.