My name is Jeff Hornung and I am a woodturner.
I started this journey as therapy for a minor brain injury. Suffered a concussion in a car accident and was dealing with Post Concussion Syndrome. I needed a hobby, something I could focus on as inability to focus was my main issue. Tried a few things that helped but couldn’t keep my attention well enough.
My wife suggested a vacation to John C Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Folk school? But…I don’t want to be a hippy, honey. Needless to say we went anyway. I picked woodturning as I was fairly sure I could at least identify a lathe if need be. Did I mention I had never been a woodworker?
Long story short, I fell in love with turning. The moment I started, my head stopped hurting for a bit. I could focus again and had a very used lathe lined up for purchase as soon as we got home from our trip. Found out I could make pens on that wobbly under powered lathe so that’s what I worked with. One day someone said “Hey, if I give you money…will you make me a pen?” I thought they were being foolish but if that’s how they want to spend their money, who am I to argue? With that, The Walnut Log was born.
I strive to re-purpose wood that is destined for the burn pile or landfill. I want to create new designs using old world theory and centuries old technique.
Art. Function. Form.
What can I make for you?