Welcome to the website featuring the turned work of Michael Foster. Please browse the galleries and feel free to email me with questions or comments. I have included some information for other turners with information on jigs, tools and shop layout. I also have a page of links to other turners sites and resources. I hope you enjoy your visit.
I have been fascinated by the mathematical forms known as minimal surfaces. Mathematicians have described some pretty amazing forms and I have been absorbed in deriving some of them from work off the lathe. Check out the gallery for more.
The Fibonacci series of numbers has been known for centuries. The numbers occur frequently in nature in some amazing and beautiful patterns. The series also gives rise to spirals seen in nature and the golden mean. This is my exploration into the Fibonacci series.
Sphericons are unusual forms that are mathematical/geometric in origin, but quite conducive to woodturning. Here are a few of my explorations in these forms.
Some of my work has had inspiration from different sources. Some have been completed for a specific purpose, some were to try a new technique others were done just for fun. This work can be found in the Assorted art gallery.
Segmented work was the focus of my turning while I lived in Alaska because I didn't have access to good local turning timber. I spent a few years investigating segmented work, and the results of that exploration is displayed in this gallery.
The artwork shown on these pages are meant only to serve as a portfolio of my work. I did not set up the site for sales. If there is a piece that interests you, please email me and I can let you know if it is still available.