Region: Vancouver Coast & Mountains
Neno Catania is a resident of Burnaby BC, who grew up in the Deer Lake area. Working with wood has been a part of his everyday life since the early 1980’s when he started working as a hardwood floor tradesman. This is where he began to develop his wood working skills as an apprentice. On slow days, he was inspired to build wooden boxes from scrap cuttings of Oak flooring. After spending many hours reading magazines and books at the public library, Ihe developed techniques for creating unique sculptural Band-saw boxes made out of highly figured woods. In 1994 he purchased his first lathe and started to learn the craft of turning wood from watching how-to videos and attended woodturning demonstrations at annual woodworking shows. He joined the Greater Vancouver Woodturner’s Guild at their first club meet in 1999, and was a member there for 10 years. His turning skills accelerated through hands-on demos and watching demonstrators from around the world, showing off their turning techniques.
“My goal is to produce art in simple, classic shapes, which come as near to perfection in finish and form as my skills allow. It’s a constant surprise and pleasure to me when I cut into a fresh green log and find what is behind the bark. It’s like opening a wooden box that holds secrets from the past. Each tree has a unique grain that contains a history of the weather, climate, and soil conditions experienced during its growth cycle. Works are inspired by traditional forms from around the world and shapes found in nature. When I create bark-edge bowls, I get my inspiration from the North Shore Mountains – peaks and valleys can be seen when looking at the rim of the bowl, for instance. Hopefully, some of my inspiration and artistic vision will live long after I am gone”.