J Paul


J Paul Fennell has focused primarily on turning hollow forms for the last 30 of the 50 years that he has been a woodturner. Paul was first exposed to woodturning in 1970 through an adult education woodworking class at a local high school, intending to improve his skills at furniture making. However, that idea ceased immediately when he began working with the woodturning lathes there, and he has never looked back. Today, his work has been featured in nearly every major magazine and book with respect to woodturning. His work is in major private collections nationally and internationally, and in several museum collections, including the Smithsonian; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Cincinnati Art Museum; Museum of Art & Design, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and the Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Today, his work has been featured in over 25 major books, magazines and exhibit catalogs with respect to woodturning. Paul has been member of the American Association of Woodturners for 35 years and has been a featured demonstrator at their annual symposium numerous times.

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