Bernard Hohlfeld

Bernard Hohlfeld

Roundwood Studio
Doylestown, PA

When I was a child, my parents encouraged and helped me to do many things. Drawings, paintings, plastic models, and Suji wire people were some of the things I was engaged in making. I, of course, went to school when I was old enough and continued making things there. I was educated in the Philadelphia School System. I dropped out in 12th grade and went to The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. I studied carpentry and cabinetmaking. I made a living as a carpenter and cabinetmaker for eight years, and then I went back to school for a teaching degree.

I went to Temple University, where I earned a B.S. in Vocational Education while I taught carpentry at the Western Center for Technical Studies in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. I went on to attain an M.S. in education from Penn State. Throughout all of this, I continued to make things. I pursued oil painting, making stained glass windows, lamps, and furniture making.

In 1999 I met the Keystone Turners. I started turning. I joined the Keystone Turners, the Bucks Woodturners, the American Association of Woodturners and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. I retired in 2005 after 32 years of teaching and started “Roundwood Studio” to explore the wonderful world of Artistic Woodturning. In 2010 my first book, “Turning Natural Edge Bowls,” was published by Schiffer Publishing.