About Me


When people hear about my woodturning hobby, I am usually asked about the process and to see some of my pieces. So I decided to share this information with anyone that is interested in learning more about it.

I started woodturning in High School back in the 1970’s and went on for a degree in Industrial Arts Education. Due to a life threatening injury, my career path changed to a health related technical field in Orthotics and Prosthetics (Designing and fitting braces and artificial limbs) which kept me away from woodturnings until several years ago when I joined the LI Woodturners Association where through demonstrations and talking with other members, I have renewed my interest and techniques in woodturning. “I am fascinated with the process of seeing a chunk of wood that might be tossed into the fire, turned into a work of art in harmony with nature. I love the texture and design of a turned object.” Although I am a part time turner, I am continuously striving to improve my techniques and designs in woodturning.

At our woodturning club, we regularly feature famous turners from around the world. These one day demonstrations help me develop new techniques and creative ideas. In the spring of 2006, I also had the pleasure of taking a week long workshop with Ray Key at ArrowmontSchool of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I feel that it has helped advance my skills tremendously and I would encourage anyone that can to take a workshop there.

When I look back at some of my earlier pieces I realize that there has been a constant improvement in skill and design concepts, so I take each project as a learning experience and always keep trying to reach the next skill level.

Marty Mandelbaum

Mount Sinai, New York