Artist in Wood
Joe Feinblatt has long experience working with wood
and has been turning since 2004. He studied with master-
turner David Ellsworth in 2005, and has been exhibiting
his turnings since 2007.
Joe turned his creative attention to wood after devoting
many years to fine art photography. He is an award
winning photographer, who exhibited numerous times
including shows featuring his work in Pasadena, Portland,
New York, Las Vegas, and Montana.
A native Californian, Joe has degrees from Reed College
in Chemistry, and UCLA in Folklore and Mythology.
At Reed he learned about the arts and crafts movement
while studying calligraphy. As a folklore student
he learned about traditional chair making.
He spent much of his working life in energy efficiency
for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
with a special interest in lighting.
Joe has combined his interest in creating fine turned
vessels with his background in lighting to create his
“green” lamps. These lamps incorporate sustainably harvested
wood or other “green” wood such as wood harvested
from urban forests with very efficient, high quality
He lives in Pasadena, California.
He is shown here turning the bowl for the top of a torchiere lamp.