Hi, I am Mike McJunkin. My educational and professional background is in
I have been employed for the past 30 years as a computer
programmer and systems analyst, the
last 25, of which, at a large university.
This is an occupation which is not without its own
particular stresses and
frustrations. Gratification is almost always delayed and sometimes
Several years ago, I began constructing and decorating dollhouses and scale
furniture with the assistance of my wife of 32 years, Nancy, as a means of relaxation
stress relief. There is something very therapeutic and relaxing about making wood
My love affair with all things miniature has been growing ever since.
Some three years ago I
was seeking a new media of artistic expression in miniature
and happened upon some of the
miniature turned objects being offered on the WEB
by established artisans.
Admiring their beauty and craftwork I decided that I would
like to try some of this type
craftwork myself. Here you see the result.
Why miniature turning rather than full
size? Other than my love of miniature objects,
there are a number of reasons.
Foremost of which is the challenge: detailing very
small turnings is demanding and tools
small enough to accomplish this type work are
commercially nonexixtent so I have to make my
own. Then, there is the issue of material
cost -- to turn a 12" high urn from a tropical
exotic such as one of the rosewoods is cost
prohibitive; to turn this same shape at 1" is
much more reasonable. Finally, is the safety
consideration: large chunks of hard heavy
material rotating at high speed can be very
dangerous. A fly-off or disintegration could
literally be fatal or, at best, maiming.
These type accidents do occasionally happen to even
the most seasoned wood turners. Smaller
objects are very much less dangerous due to their
much smaller mass.
Although I use many of the rarest and most exotic and expensive materials obtainable,
the current market often demands their 'flash and filigree', I also enjoy using
domestic woods such as wild plum, currant, a variety of ornamentals, various
and spalts which can often meet or exceed many of the tropical exotics
in figure and beauty. I believe that to some extent, form outweighs substance in
Each piece is signed,when possible, along with a description of the item
which will include the type of wood and its origin.