Cascades – Wooden Sculpture by Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey

This piece is part of WOODn’t You Like to Know, the current exhibition in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery.


This piece is part of WOODn’t You Like to Know, the current exhibition in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery.  This exceptional selection of wooden sculpture has been curated by John Hill, the exhibition coordinator of the American Association of Woodturners.

  • Big leaf maple burl, catalyzed lacquer; turned, carved
  • 8” x 24”
  • This piece has been SOLD
  • Made in 2018

Chris Ramsey was born in 1962 in New York City, spent a few years in Utah and grew up in Northern California. It was in California where his desire for woodworking began to develop. He took a workshop in high school and made all of the typical projects that students make. Chris recalls, “There was a big lathe in the corner, covered up with a sheet, but we were not allowed to use it. We were told that it was a dangerous piece of equipment and the school’s insurance policy would not permit students to use the lathe.”  Eventually, Ramsey moved from California to Kentucky. With limited outdoor activity in the winter months, Chris felt he needed a hobby that would help pass the time until summer returned. In 1998 his identical twin brother, David, presented him with a birthday gift, a small “starter” lathe, which sparked his interest. He now had the tool that, for three years in high school, he was forbidden to touch, and he soon became absorbed with the turning process. “After I bought a Oneway, I spent every free moment in the shop. I was addicted.”  At that time, he owned a communications company which required that he spend many weekends and late nights away from his family. He would turn for hours at the lathe during the weekdays and found a great deal of enjoyment while turning. He says, “In 2000 I made the decision that money was not everything and, with my gallery sales on a steady increase, made the jump from an unhappy owner of a company to a much happier full-time woodturner,” a move he has never regretted.

“I came to particularly enjoy turning fresh cut or ‘green’ thin-wall natural edge pieces. To relax the mind and allow the creative process of exploring shapes, designs and new possibilities previously envisioned is extremely rewarding. There is a wonderful surprise every time.”