Studio of Bill Ooms

Bill Ooms

Art in Wood

Bill was raised on a farm south of Chicago. Wood has always been a part of Bill's life. As a second generation wood-turner, he learned basic woodworking techniques from his father. Even as a young man, his desire was to envision and create new things. This led him to his first career in engineering, and now he has returned to his roots as a full time woodworker.

Much of Bill's early wood work was turning hollow vases inspired by the pottery of Native Americans in the Southwest. Later, he combined his wood-turning skills with his math and engineering background to create unique wood sculptures. Most recently, Bill has designed and built a complex and unique ornamental lathe to create highly decorated objects of wood art.

Bill is now mostly retired from woodworking. The information on this web site will hopefully provide inspiration for future woodworkers. Active interests now include playing music on the harp and making enameled jewelry.

His work is in private collections around the world. His work has been published in numerous magazines including:

Bill's work has been featured in the following exhibitions:

Bill has been a demonstrator at:

Bill and his wife, Pam, have their home and studio in the country north of Prescott, Arizona.