Lars began woodturning in 1995 on a 1934 refurbished lathe from the Milwaukee School System. These days, on a modern lathe, he creates when unique ideas emerge, to enter themed exhibits, or to fulfill special requests – such as a bowl for a birthday present.
Although trained in science and math, Lars is not artistically trained. Rather, he has a natural attraction to making things, inspired by an artistic mother and grandfather and a father who was good at hammer and saw projects. A constant source for design and technique is his participation at the annual symposia of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), as well professional journals for wood artists. He belongs to local artist associations.
Lars has shown at venues throughout Northwest Indiana, and has received several awards, including “Best of Shows.” He was juried into the AAW national exhibit, “Merging,” in 2015. As Artist-In-Residence at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, he authored the book, “Turning Timbers,” featuring art turned from 43 trees indigenous to the Indiana Dunes. He was featured in a 2-part series in the British journal “Woodturnings” and has written articles for the AAW’s “American Woodturner” journal. A vase was selected by a patron in the Collectors of Wood Art for his extensive assemblages of turnings.