Monthly featured Artist

Johnny Tolly

Johnny Tolly retired as a Senior Master Sergeant after serving 26 years in the USAF. Johnny has been a self-taught wood turner for about 30 years, does beautiful work, and he is best known to the wood turning world for two things.

He is a relentless promoter of “Beads of Courage Boxes” for children that are fighting serious illnesses. He says, “If a box can put a smile on a sick child's face, that bring joy to my old heart”, and he has encouraged hundreds of woodturners to join him in this venture.

And, along with his wife Marcia, twin brother Jimmy, son Johnny and grandson J.J. along with a bunch of great folks from the Texas area, he heads up the South West Association of Turners Symposium ("SWAT") each year.

WoW is proud to feature talented people, and genuinely nice and good people, each month, and Johnny Tolly meets all those qualifications. We are pleased he is one of us.

The World of Woodturners site (WoW) originated in November, 2001. At its start it was the only interactive site where woodturners could post photos and descriptions of their work and engage in discussion about their art. WoW members think of themselves as a family. They are artists who have become friends and who willingly share their talents and skills. This is a place where the novice freely mixes with the seasoned professional in an atmosphere of shared respect. No one is anonymous and everyone uses their own name. From this venue has arisen some incredible art, some of which can be seen in the public gallery. Enjoy this display of fine work. Access to the site itself is at no cost, by obtaining a membership invitation from an existing WoW family member or contacting site administration at Include your name and a brief description of your woodturning experience in the message.

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