John Buckner has been turning wood for 70 years. His father was an expert woodworker and built most of the family's furniture from walnut wood harvested from their southwest Missouri farm. Some of the wood is still being shaped.
With degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Kansas, Dr. Buckner taught at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, where he retired as Professor Emeritus of Music. He lives and turns in North Newton, Kansas. He's a member of the American Association of Wood-turners.
Dr. Buckner creates beautiful, useful objects from domestic and exotic hardwoods. Each piece is unique, a one-of-a-kind collaboration of nature and human skill. He takes pride in his finishes, allowing weeks for varnishes and lacquers to cure. Then he triple-buffs and hard waxes the finishes. The result is a durable, visual and tactile delight, a creation of heirloom quality.