A life-long resident of Arizona, Greg Campbell has been a carpenter for 25 years. He began woodturning in 1978 and became a full-time artist in 2000.
He has been a member of the Arizona Woodturners and American Woodturners Associations since 1986.
Greg has exhibited his works at the Fitchburg Art Museum (Massachusetts); the Nelson Fine Arts Gallery ASU (Tempe, Arizona); the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery (Chandler, Arizona); World Golf Hall of Fame (Florida); and Waterford Crystal (Ireland).
Greg has contracted with the Phoenix Thunderbirds to collaborate with Waterford Crystal to design the FBR Golf Trophy since 2000. Arizona State University has also contracted Greg for pieces gifted to visiting dignitaries and members of the Arizona legislature.
Source: Trailside Gallery
Turned Wood Bowl
Artist: Greg Campbell (b. 1951)Description: Ironwood (1996) | 8”h x 7”w
The Ironwood is a hardy legume tree that grows in the Sonoran Desert which is the only place in the world where it occurs. It is notable for its slow growth rate and is extremely dense. In fact, ironwood will sink in water. Often considered an old growth desert tree by scientists, some have been determined to be 800 years old and then some.
The wood for this bowl was harvested from a naturally fallen tree. Campbell shared that it was a difficult turn; wood density presents its own unique set of challenges. Malachite was used in the voids.
Mesquite Bowl with Turquoise Inlay
Artist: Greg Campbell (b. 1951)Description: Mesquite Wood (1995) | 9”h x 15”d
In many cases it is “the history of the wood that makes each piece all the more interesting” said Greg Campbell whose favorite woods to work with are mesquite, African sumac, olive, ironwood, and carob because of the rich colors and grains. Greg turns all his pieces on a wood lathe using a variety of cutting tools. Cracks or holes are never a problem. While some are left open in a natural state, others are filled with dried coffee grounds for a rustic appeal or bright nuggets of turquoise, malachite or lapis.
Campbell’s bowls are recognizable for their undeniable beauty but are also recognized for his signature high-gloss finish. Twelve to fourteen coats of tongue oil are applied to each piece and each coat hand rubbed to create the final glossy appearance. Often more time is spent on the finish than in the initial cutting and hollowing.
Olive Wood Bowl
Artist: Greg Campbell (b. 1951)Description: 7” x 12”
Jacaranda Wood Bowl
Artist: Greg Campbell (b. 1951)Description: 7” x 10”
Cherry Wood Bowl
Artist: Greg Campbell (b. 1951)Description: 11” x 13”