Name: Brian Markham
Medium: Wood turning
How long have you worked in this medium? My grandfather taught me how to work at the lathe as a boy. I enjoyed turning as a hobby until 2007 when I moved full-time to Muskoka and was able to spend more time in my workshop.
Were you formally trained or self-taught? I am self-taught. My skills and techniques for turning and finishing my bowls have evolved and developed as I have had more time at the lathe.
What do you love about your medium? I love the mystery of wood. You never know what you will find in a burl until you begin to turn it. I discover the intricate patterns of grain, the shades and colours of the wood and bark inclusions as it takes shape on the lathe. Having burl bowls, platters and furniture is like bringing the forest into your home. It is a connection to nature.
What do you listen to when you’re working in the studio? I enjoy listening to rock music.
Favourite things to do when you’re not working in the studio? I am an avid cyclist and just completed the TriMuskokan race in Huntsville.
Favourite book? The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
How long have you lived in Muskoka? I have been a cottager on Rebecca Lake since 1988 and a full-time resident since 2007.
Favourite restaurants in Muskoka? The Norsemen Restaurant and Muskoka on the Rocks are my favourite local restaurants.
Favourite road to drive in Muskoka? Limberlost Road, especially in the fall. The autumn leaves are dramatic and colourful.
Favourite place to hike, bike or walk in Muskoka? I often bike into Algonquin Park.
Update: Brian is not a current member of the Studio Tour, please visit his website to contact him directly.
('Ask the Artist' is an ongoing Q&A series that provides a little bit of insight into the lives of the members of the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour)