Tom Cambria Woodturning
Forked River, NJ
Born and raised in Newark, NJ, I now reside in Forked River, NJ, where I’ve lived since my arrival at the age of 23. I served as an NJ State Trooper for 26 years, retiring in 2004.
I was introduced to wood-turning by my father-in-law, Robert W. (Bob) Broschart (“Dad”) in 1995. Dad soon became my master, mentor, and inspiration. Like Dad, my work has been concentrated in the area of natural-edge bowl turning. With Dad as my Master, I completed two NJ Folk-Art Apprenticeships to learn the techniques for turning “blocks” and “molds” for glass-workers. I am pleased to continue Dad’s efforts to support the glass-workers at WheatonArts.
Every tree has a life story to tell. In my woodturning, I often find evidence of injury, storm damage, attack by insects, drought, or good nutrition. I believe these disruptions or turning points in the life of a tree can make woodturning all the more interesting. Wood turnings often reveal the secrets hidden within trees.