For over 60 years wood-working was a part-time distraction for Loyd. However, since retiring in 2000, this distraction has become a full-time pursuit. Most of Loyd’s work is oriented to art and display rather than function. This orientation leads to natural and bark edge work. Loyd works mostly with found wood. With found wood, rather than lumber, the challenge is to realize the shape and design that will bring out the natural beauty of the wood. Each piece is a unique creation and during turning the character and spirit is revealed. At one count Loyd has worked with over forty varieties of wood. He often finds the richer and more interesting the species of wood, the more difficult it is to work. This element adds to the challenge and continual search for new techniques in turning.
In the past 15 years, Loyd has displayed his woodwork in several galleries including; the Denise Oliver Gallery in Harrison, Idaho, Gallery M in Half Moon Bay, California, Northwest Woodworker’s Gallery in Seattle, Washington, and the Highlight Gallery in Mendocino, California.
In 2006, Yosh Sugiyama, nationally recognized artist advised Loyd to enter juried shows. Acting on his council, Loyd has participated and won awards in several shows. He feels the work and creativity are the motive and pleasure of his woodworking but competitions add extra discipline and challenge to his art.
Awards and Competitions
25th Design in Wood Competition: Second & Third
2006 California State Fair: First, Fourth, Fifth, Honorable Mention & “Best of Division”
26th Design in Wood Competition: Third & Forth
27th and 28th Design in Wood Competition: Third
29th Design in Wood: Third & Honorable Mention
2013 California State Fair: First, 2 Thirds and 3 Honorable Mentions 2014 Orange County Fair: Third Place 2 Honorable Mentions
June 2008 featured artist at the Carter House Gallery in Redding, California