Michael Kehs – Profile

Michael lives on a wooded piece of land in upper Bucks County, PA. This was a deliberate action to live among the trees, the raw material of his passion. Being close to these giants has instilled a sense of respect and love for nature. Michael’s artistic view is most often toward the beauty of all things natural. His early years in Dad’s shop spurred an interest in woodworking that lasts to this day. They would make beautiful bird houses together. The smell of cutting walnut still takes him back to that wonderful time. He worked as a stone mason for many years. This experience taught him to look for balance in the total piece, and a work ethic to get the job done. Michael left his masonry job of 28 years in 2006 to pursue his lifelong dream of  working wood full time. He builds custom furniture and artistic wood turning and carving. Teaching wood carving and wood turning in his studio is a very satisfying part of his business.  He have been exploring caves for several decades now. This has been an avid pursuit which spills over into his artwork, resulting in critical acclaim. These pieces are in collections around the USA Europe,and  Australia.

Michael, from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has exhibited in several US shows, including Challenge V: International Lathe Turned Objects Show, the National Speleological Society’s Fine Art Salon and has a piece in the permanent collection of the Woodturning Center in Philadelphia. He turned an ornament for the Clinton White House during the Year of the Craft. Michael has won awards in many art shows and craft shows locally and nationally, including several Best of Show awards. He has also judged many wood carving shows and has written for the American Woodturner, the journal of the American Association of Woodturners and Woodcraft Magazine. Active in both local and national turning and carving clubs, he also demonstrates and teaches both woodcarving and woodturning in his studio. Michael has been turning and carving since 1980, and has studied anatomy sculpture under Eugene Daubs through the Tyler School of Art.  Michael’s work got him invited to Australia and Turkey to participate in international turning events.