Tom Raymond

Tom Raymond is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy. He spent 4 years in the Merchant Marines and 2 years in the Navy as an officer before working for 35 years in industry as an engineer. He is now retired, living in Damariscotta with his wife Shirley.

Tom bought his first lathe in 1949 and started turning wood in High School. Most of his turnings during his years of employment were furniture spindles as needed for personal projects. After retirement he upgraded his machinery and began to make segmented bowls and furniture as a hobby. In the year 2000 he joined Maine Woodturners and became the club Secretary and is still in that capacity. He is also a member of the American Association of Woodturners and an instructor at The Woodturning School in Damariscotta. His work is displayed and sold at several Maine Galleries.

His designs, all original, are mostly geometric and made of as many as 20 different species of wood for color contrast. They are functional as well as art objects. When creating small bowls, he prefers to add a delicate cover. All of his bowls are serialized, photographed and documented in his computer. The finish is 5 coats of polyurethane followed by wax. The recommended cleaning is with a damp cloth.

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