“Woodturning presents a passion beyond anything I’ve ever encountered.” So states artistic woodturner, Bruce Berger.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Bruce was raised and schooled in Southern California. His earliest memories of woodworking stem from his father’s cabinet making shop. Helping with miscellaneous jobs, Bruce learned basic woodworking skills, while the scent and sense of fresh cut wood remains with him to this day.
Bruce’s love of working with his hands led to a forty-year career detour in the field of Dentistry. Retirement afforded him the time and opportunity to return to his love of woodworking, which he has been doing since 2005. The exacting skills and flawless proficiency he mastered in Dentistry have now been transferred to his Woodturning art.
Having been a perfectionist his entire life, it’s easy to understand why Bruce’s favorite quote from a world class-mentoring instructor is: “Good enough is not good enough!” Given that philosophy Bruce designed and built a state of the art studio, creating an ideal environment to achieve his lofty ambitions.
His interests in the field of woodturning are wide and varied. His artistic endeavors include: platters, bowls, hollow forms, boxes, utilitarian items, as well as contemporary creations. However, his most recent work is in the segmented field; specifically that of tangential arrangements.
Bruce is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, The Segmented Woodturners, Channel Islands Woodturners, and The Collectors of Wood Art. He was also previously the President of the Channel Islands Woodturners for two years.
Bruce has collected a number of prize ribbons and presently has a full page spread in the December 2014 edition of American Woodturner. Additionally Bruce was invited to give a demonstration on tangential twists at the 2014 Segmented Woodturners Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.