P H O T O G R A P H Y
From the age of 12, Jean-Louis went to his neighbor Frank Landry to look at making "buoy to put out sands to fish." As a child he remembers his father and his uncle Henry turned chair bars. However, only in his late thirties does the interest in woodturning emerge in meetings with wood turners such as Jim Patteson, from Riverview in New Brunswick, Skip Carver, Dean and Larry Harper Woodluck, all from Moncton, NB. It motivates him so much that turning wood becomes his favorite pastime.
Through exchanges with the aforementioned turners, he acquires knowledge of various types of wood, as well as techniques that push him to continuously improve. He begins with a wood tower on which he can only produce small bowls (a circumference of just 8 inches). The tower quickly becomes too small for Jean-Louis' projects. He then purchases a General wood tower that can turn bowls up to 16 inches in circumference.
After 10 years of introduction to woodturning, Gordon and Neil Hood Dumpty make him discover burls; he only used convenient timber up to this point. These turners teach him to recognize the different types of wood and to see the art object that a turned burl could become. At that moment, his second wood tower becomes too small. Jean-Louis therefore builds himself a tower with motorized transmission to be able to turn large burls.