Joe Devinny
Turned Wood


For 35 years I was professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California. During that time, I was always interested in art and was pursuing woodturning as a hobby. As I transitioned first to part-time work at the university, and then to retirement, I was able to spend more time on woodturning, and to develop skills in other crafts. I learned stained glass, fused glass, and took several classes in painting. I joined the El Camino Woodturner's Guild, and attended classes and demonstrations by master woodturners.

The mechanical aspect of woodturning comes easily to someone with engineering training - it requires an ability to conceive and design complex objects in three dimensions and familiarity with measurement and machinery. At the same time, it clearly requires artistic creativity. A bowl must be a pleasing sculptural composition that is effectively complemented by the figure of the wood - even as it requires tight joints and a smooth finish.

I make pieces using simple forms to emphasize the color and shape of wood - creating natural-edge bowls. I make pieces using segmenting techniques, in which many small blocks of wood are combined to create geometric patterns. Finally, I also use multi-axis turning to create complex shapes that are really small sculptures.

To purchase call: 310-991-7144 or e-mail gabrielle.artistsstudio.pvac@gmail.com


Title: Bowl with Six Feet
Chinese Elm, Walnut (2014)
Size: 3" x 7"

Price: $130

Devinny Bowl with Six Feet
Devinny Bowl with African Beads

Title: Bowl with African Beads
Size: 6” x 3", Maple

Price: $85

Title: Lidded Bowl with Wavy Legs
Size: 6” x 13”, Black Acacia Poplar

Price: $190

Devinny Three Leggedd Bowl
Devinny Simple Bowl

Title: Simple Bowl
Chinese Elm, Purpleheart (2014)
Size: 7" x 5"

Price: $75

Title: Three-leggedd Bowl
Size: 4" x 8", Cedar, Sapele

Price: $90

Devinny Three-Leggedd Bowl
Devinny Bowl with Caged Star Finial

Title: Bowl with Caged Star Finial
Size: 6” x 8"

Price: $170

Title: Sculpture with Finials
Size: 7" x 27", Sapele, Basswood, Ipe

Price: $950

Devinny Sculpture with Finials
Chunk of Black Acacia

Title: Chunk of Black Acacia
Size: 7" x 3"

Price: $90

Title: Long Legs
Marblewood, Poplar, Walnut (2014)
Size: 7” x 11”

Price: $250

Devinny Long Legs
Devinny Geometrically Challenging Vasel

Title: Geometrically Challenging Vase
Size: 7" x 10"

Price: $200

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