Welcome to my personal web site. I built this web site to share my work, and to some extent, my knowledge with friends, family, and other woodworkers. I hope you enjoy it. If you have comments, or are interested in purchasing any of my work, please contact me at the address' located on the Contact page.

About Me: My name is Mark Kauder, and I live in the small town of Phenix City, Alabama. Phenix City is a little town on the East Central Alabama border, just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia where my day job is. Columbus is about 90 miles south of Atlanta. I retired here from the U.S. Army in 1995, and now work as a computer network server engineer for the parent company that makes Char-Broil Grills and Zebco Fishing Rods and Reels..

I started woodworking slowly, beginning with home repairs after my Army retirement. I then began doing some furniture building while assembling a shop of tools. in 1998, while in Atlanta, I saw a woodturning demonstration, and that started the wheels turning. About a year later, I bought a small Jet Mini Lathe to turn pens for Christmas presents. Not long after, I turned my first bowl, and from that point on all other woodturning and woodworking took a back seat.

Like most people, I started turning wood that I found locally. But I soon became bored with the Pine, Oak and Sweetgum around here and looked for alternatives.I happened to see an article on segmented turning. It gave the opportunity to use kiln dried wood types that were not available around here, and the rest, as they say is history.

I fell in love with segmented turning. It gives me lots of options, and no two bowls are the same.I don't have any insightful "Artist's Statement". I just try to make bowls with attractive shapes, using nice combinations of wood and design features that do not overpower the shape.

Lastly, I try to apply the best finish I can.

I hope you like my work.

Addendum: In May of 2006, my beloved wife of nearly 18 years succumbed to Pancreatic Cancer, 4 months after being diagnosed. This has taken alot of the inspiration out of my life and work, but beginning in 2007, I started some new work, But after a few months, found it just was not in me, and some allergies to wood dust was making it unpleasant. Now in 2017, the allergies are gone, and the bug has hit me again. I hope to post some new work here soon.

"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish then to live as slaves." Winston Churchhill. 1939



"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
-- John Stewart Mill



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