Maggard is a skilled wood worker with an eye for organic design.
While he has worked in many mediums including painting and iron working,
his current passion is woodturning. The artist states; “Unlike metal,
wood has such a soft and warm feel to it. I love it!”
works with many types of wood, with a preference for working with burls.
Burl wood is a favorite because the grain patterns and unique shapes are
unlike any other. He uses wood only from dead and down trees, wood
that would otherwise become fire wood. He finds his materials
on the properties of friends and relatives that live in the Sierra
foothills, and never uses wood from live trees, stating that; “We need
then for our air!”
is also enamored with carving manzanita wood, which has a beautiful
surface and rich color, and is plentiful in Central California. He
is also beginning to experiment with incorporating sculptural carving
into his turned pieces.
the turned piece is off the lathe, he likes to say that he works on it
like a painter working on a canvas. After the initial turning, he
takes his pieces to further, texturing, carving, and even coloring,
transforming them into unique works of art.