About

Biographical Statement


Lance Besharah is a high school music and technology teacher currently residing and teaching in Brockville , Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish, N.S. and an Honours Technology Specialist qualification from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He is also the Music Director for the Brockville Concert Band.

He was first introduced to the wood lathe at the age of 15 on a visit to his grandfather's house where he made a chess set on a home made lathe using old files ground as scrapers. After graduating and teaching music in Nova Scotia, Lance returned to Ontario (Brockville). Finding no jobs available in music, he started a custom cabinet making business in 1980 which he successfully operated for many years. During this time he began to rekindle his interest in the wood lathe producing many pieces for friends and family. Throughout his time as a cabinet maker, he mentored students as part of the local high school's coop program. As fate would have it, his shop burned down (1995) at the same time as an opening for a construction tech teacher became available at the high school which he accepted. Within a few years, the music teacher position became vacant and Lance now had the opportunity to marry all of his loves in one place at the same time. Beginning in 2007, Lance has been available as a demonstrator and teacher to pass on his knowledge and passion for his art. In 2011 he became the lead teacher for the Valley Turners Club in Ottawa seeing 30 students each year.

In 2005 he joined a local Arts tour. Since then he has also joined many other Arts organizations and has participated in many workshops and exhibitions. Beginning in 2007, Lance has been available as a demonstrator and teacher to pass on his knowledge and passion for his art. In 2011 he became the lead teacher for the Valley Turners Club in Ottawa seeing 30 students each year.

In 2012 Lance retired from his teaching position with the Upper Canada District School Board and opened a woodturning school and gallery.



Artistic Statement

Turning with wood is a continuous process of discovery. Every time I see a tree or a piece of wood, I find myself trying to envision the shape or style of turning that would fully enhance the natural beauty of that particular piece of wood. On some occasions, this process can be immediate. Particular pieces command a specific resolution, while with others; this process is much longer and more contemplative.

While I continue to explore all areas of turning, I constantly strive to create beautiful "forms". I draw much of my inspiration from "classic shapes" regardless of their medium..

Wood turning for me is a marriage of two senses – the visual and the tactile. It is the union of the two that makes wood turning such an appealing craft. It is only by holding and touching the pieces that a person can fully appreciate the totality of this art. This interaction between the patron and the piece completes the cycle for which I receive the final fulfillment of my craft.

Memberships

Ontario College of Teachers
American Association of Woodturners
Valley Woodturners
Kingston Woodturners
Bytown Woodturners
Musicians Union

Lance Besharah Wood Turner
Lance Besharah Wood Turner
Lance Besharah Wood Turner


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