Monthly featured Artist

Eli Polite

“I’m a wood worker of nearly 30 years; I’m just now exploring woodturning.”

Once in a while someone comes on the scene and captures the imagination of others with their skill, craftsmanship, innovation and individuality. In only 3 short years of turning, Eli is creating some of the most unique and complex segmenting that, apparently, only he can imagine. In photos of his work on WoW and in discussion he has shared a bit about his process and approach. His trajectory has been steep, having one of his pieces selected for a critique at this year’s AAW symposium in Raleigh, NC, his first time in attendance!

Eli certainly has more to show us along his journey. “I’m a segment turner. I’m always looking for ways to push the limits.” His YouTube videos are illuminating and loaded with information on how he goes about conceiving and constructing his pieces. Amazingly, he doesn’t use computers or draw his designs out; he builds off a mental image.

The WoW family is fortunate to have Eli as a member and is pleased to honor him as the Artist of the Month for October 2019.

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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