Volcano Art Center Featured Artists

Smith, Gregg

Gregg developed an initial love of woodworking in junior high in Montana. He studied history and political science at the University of Montana and moved to Alaska. There, he met his wife and ended up working with his father-in-law building furniture and cabinetry.

In 1984, Gregg moved to Kailua-Kona where he did woodworking in two local shops until 1989 when he started his own furniture and cabinetry business.

In 1996, he inherited his father-in-law’s lathe and library, and soon afterward began his current occupation, turning segmented vessels. Since then, he has received numerous awards for his turnings, and he has also served as juror for wood shows.

Starting at the base, each course of wood segments is glued and clamped separately so that the piece’s final shape is built up before Gregg begins the turning process.

Gregg’s turnings are finished with a high quality Danish Oil. They can be cleaned and polished with a good furniture polish. Please do not leave them outdoors or submerge them in water.

IMG_0157 - Version 2View more work by Gregg Smith by visiting his page on our online store here.