About the Artist

Richard graduated with honors from the University of West Florida in 1973 with a double major in psychology and sociology. He attended graduate school at the University of Florida and obtained a PhD in Clinical Counseling in 1977. Following graduation, he worked as a psychologist in both public and private settings for a number of years.


As far back as the mid 1970s, he began to develop an interest in art and craft particularly wood working. During the late 70ís and up until the mid 80ís, he owned an operated a furniture refinishing and restoration business in Asheville, North Carolina. Richard began to build furniture during this period of time as well. Out of necessity, he learned how to use a wood lathe in order to produce table and chair legs as well as spindles and other parts. His interest in lathe work as an aesthetic began in the mid 1980s. It was spurred on by his attendance at the now famous 1985 woodturning conference titled: Woodturning: Vision and Concept at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in  Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Richard is a self taught woodworker and wood turner.

In 1992 Richard began working full time as a studio wood turner in St. Augustine, Florida. In 1997 he moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he set up a woodworking studio.


Richardís other areas of interest include but are not limited to observational astronomy Ė deep space, planetary, and solar, bike riding and resistance training. He is also a compulsive reader in a number of subject areas.

Sculpture and Wood Turning by Richard Carner