2006, artist Grant Barlow has been a member of Hello
Galena. Find out a bit more about the man behind G&D Woodworking,
who brings wood to life through his artwork, creating unique
woodturnings in pens, kaleidoscopes, bowls and platters.
when Grant began his craft as a self-taught woodturner, he has
honed his skills, taking classes, studying techniques, and constantly
upgrading his equipment -- always improving.
inspiration for each piece in the wood chosen, which means each
will be slightly different. Using and experimenting with different
woods and substrates is one way of showcasing his artistic expression.
Some of the newer pieces in his collection will include Celtic
knot designs in the wood, and segmented pens.
many might look at this highly technical, intricate work and
think it would be tension-filled, Grant says this is what is
fun and relaxing for him.
he enjoys being part of the Hello Galena artist community. "Everyone
is very friendly and outgoing -- there are no art snobs,"
from Abbott Laboratories where he worked as a fermentation microbiologist,
he now works at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Technical Service.
Grant enjoys travel, astronomy, science and history.
handcrafted pens are for sale at Hello Galena, at 121 N. Commerce
St., in Galena. Find Hello Galena's online
map, store hours and directions.