Resident Bill Bloom is showcasing his woodworking skills by participating in the annual Art is Ageless® competition. Bill has been creating wooden items since the late 1970s, and is excited to display his hand-made wooden bowl this year.
“I get a chunk of wood and start working on it, and what comes out is what comes out,” says Bloom of the woodworking process.
The unique bowl is made from an old hackberry tree that was on his property for 95 years before being cut down. Bloom saved a piece of the wood and crafted the bowl, which is one of many pieces he has made over the years.
“That tree was there on our place,” Bill said. “We lived there about 40 years.”
Bill’s craftsmanship is impressive, and his skills have not gone unnoticed by his family and community. Over time, he’s given much of his work away to family and friends. His former neighbor now keeps Bill’s lathe in his old woodworking shop, and his grandson keeps the China hutch Bill made from an ash tree.
Despite his impressive skills, Bloom remains humble about his work.
“I just saw some things I wanted to make, so I made them. I like to do it,” he says. “I didn’t have a lathe, so I made one. Made it out of the front end of an old car and some angle iron. Then I bought one later. I‘ve made a candle holder, clogs, bowls, just about anything you can put on a lathe.”
Bloom’s wooden bowl is a beautiful piece of artwork that serves as a testament to his dedication and passion for woodworking. His participation in the Art is Ageless competition is a reminder that age is just a number, and it’s never too late to pursue your passions and create something beautiful.