Rick Fox

I’ve lived in Apex, NC since 1994. A hobbyist woodworker for 20 years, I was a late arrival to woodturning.

In 2006, I built a grandfather clock from plans that called for reeded half-columns on the front of the clock frame. Never one to shy away from a chance to buy tools, I purchased a Jet mini lathe with a bed extension, and took an introductory woodturning class from Alan Leland. Once the clock was finished, I put the lathe back in the box. In 2016, I got the lathe out and began learning how to turn pepper mills and Christmas ornaments. That, of course, led to bowls, goblets, candlesticks, toys, platters, etc.

In January 2017, I joined the Woodturners Guild of North Carolina and the AAW.

While attending a Symposium in Franklin, Tennessee, I met Frank Penta who was a featured demonstrator, and discovered that he lived only 25 miles from me. I became one of “Frank’s Friday Guys”, the students that he began mentoring from his home shop.

In January 2018, I joined the Chapel Hill Woodturners.

I enjoy woodturning of all types, and embrace the challenges of creating laminated blanks which reveal intricate patterns when turned.

Ambrosia Maple Platter (17")

Granadillo "Owl" Vase

Purple Heart Bowl with Maple Burl Inserts

Interior View of Bowl at Left

Granadillo Checker Board Hollow Form with Maple and Red Heart Inserts

Candlesticks with 

Celtic Heart Inlays