Mentored Artist Program
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Zero Degrees Mentored Artist Program begins with Joe Rosten. Joe is a 16 year old junior at Negaunee High School who has been interested in woodworking for several years. He started working with the lathe in 2019 and has been doing some very complex work, including segmented vases and bowls, basket illusion techniques and adding resin to his pieces, and has also created end tables using resin. These are very advanced techniques and he has dove right in and is doing very well.
Please stop by and see the amazing work this young man has produced!
--Jon Marc Himes, Artist/Mentor
I’m Joe Rosten and I’m 16 years old. I am from Negaunee, Michigan and am a junior at Negaunee High School. In my spare time I like to make things out of wood. I started woodturning on my lathe in 2019. Woodturning is the art of using a lathe, which is a machine that spins wood at high speeds so you can form the wood with sharp tools. I like to think of a lathe as a “pottery wheel” for wood.
I’m a completely self-taught woodturner, learning on my own by reading books, watching videos, and attending live demonstrations. During the lockdowns of 2020 I spent many hours in my shop experimenting and trying new things. My work is decorated with either paints, dyes, wood burning, India ink markers, or simply the natural beauty of the wood itself. I mainly create decorative wood turned pieces, but I also do other woodworking projects such as cutting boards and fine furniture.
Although some of my work is functional, my favorite things to make are the artistic pieces. I focus most of my time on making vases, platters, and bowls. Some of them are segmented, where I cut out each individual segment of wood, and glue them together to form the piece. I also like to do the “basket illusion” technique where I use beading tools and an indexing system to create many squares which I then color in to create amazing patterns.
Making something amazing with my hands is very rewarding to me. My favorite part is when a project is complete and I can take a step back and admire my work. I think back to all the hours cutting, gluing, or sanding involved. All of my pieces are one of a kind and take several hours to create. My work will last many generations to come. As I sell items, I expand my woodshop and upgrade my tools. When you support me, not only are you getting a one of a kind piece, but you are also helping me grow as an artist. I hope you enjoy my creations!