Kip Powers

Small to moderate-scale “one-off” turnings, usually from domestic American woods, are the current output of craftsman Kip Powers. Primarily self-taught, Powers picked up basic techniques from studying books by Utah turner Dale Nish and broadened his skills at workshops under other well-known turners. A few years ago, he became interested in working with “defective” woods, occasionally inlaying natural voids, cracks, and insect holes with contrasting materials such as turquoise. Pieces are designed on the lathe rather than rigidly pre-conceived to make it possible to highlight features of the wood that are revealed as the turning process progresses. Powers usually finishes his turnings using materials selected to impart minimal color to the wood, keeping the finished turning as naturally colored as possible.  

He has won awards in various competitions and was juried into the Arkansas Craft Guild in August 2001. He is a founder and a past president of the Stateline Woodturners, a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, and has taught classes at the Jones Center in Springdale, the Eureka Springs School of Art, and the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View. 

Powers is a retired research chemist (PhD, Georgia Tech), and is married and the father of twin adult sons.  

Artist’s Statement 

I began turning wood as a hobby while I was still employed as a chemist. It was an enjoyable way to relax and forget about problems in the lab. Craft shows and workshops under well-known turners helped me broaden my skills and led to some new friendships. 

When still employed, I was a member of a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. When I retired and moved to Rogers, there were no turning clubs and I found that I really missed the contact. A fellow turner in the area and I founded what became the Stateline Woodturners, an AAW chapter that has grown to over 60 members. For several years, I taught a few classes a year at area craft schools. I’m pretty much retired from that now but really enjoyed the chances it gave me to share what I have learned with others.