Manta Ray

Michael Alguire is a lifelong native New Mexican, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He began his wood turning hobby in 2013 with making pens and small wooden ornaments. His passion has grown and his art has flourished to intricate wood turned hollow forms, including bowls, vases and abstract art pieces. And more intricate pieces called basket illusions witch has been my main focus lately. His 13 years as a Machinist at the Very Large Array has helped him understand the mechanical aspects of his art. With no formal training in the Fine Arts field, Michael’s creativity comes from within. His inspiration comes simply from seeing a piece of wood in its raw state and imaging the possibilities. His work has been displayed at the New Mexico State Fair in the judged categories of 'Woodturning” in 2014 where he won second place in the "Turned Items" Class. And 2015 with two first places and one second place in his category. And again in 2016 were he took two first places and two second place ribbons and a best of show in his class. Also in 2016 at the new Mexico state fair he took first pace in the fine arts gallery in the fine craft section. Recently had a story published in American wood Turner For a very special piece given back to a fire fighter as a commemorative piece. Front cover of WOODTURNING THE WORLD'S LEADING MAGAZINE FOR WOODTURNERS OCT 2017 And back cover of American wood turner april issue Peabody Essex Museum , The Bohlen Collection

- Michael Alguire

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