Growing up in rural Colorado, Scot Fitzgerald spent countless hours out enjoying the wonders of the natural world. His fascination with rocks actually led him to a career in chemistry. His professional life has been as an analytical chemist specializing in radiochemistry in the Pacific Northwest, however his heart has remained solidly in the southwest. Over the years Scot has enjoyed woodworking of all kinds and lapidary work (using stones to make jewelry). These hobbies naturally progressed to doing stone inlays in wood turnings which perfectly blends his two loves. Part of the process that Scot appreciates is hiking to find and harvest the wonderful materials he uses. Examples of these include fallen trees and gem stones that he can dig for himself. Scot then combines his abilities of perfection in quality with creativity in design. Natural voids in the wood are filled with stone precisely fitted to their individual openings and each bowl receives a minimum of 20 hand rubbed coats of finish. Like his father Richard Fitzgerald (well known and award winning wood turner), Scot’s designs reflect the southwest Anasazi pottery and culture. Although he prefers to use material that he can harvest in person, he also uses a variety of exotic wood and stone. Scot has long done custom work for friends and family, but now that his father has retired, he is offering his talents to the public.
Scots bowls are a labor of love that demands time and attention to detail. Each one has over 20 coats of hand rubbed finish and sanding between coats.