Cam Baher has been working with wood for most of his life, first as an avocation while he was a medical doctor, and now as a full-time woodturner, working out of his home studio in San Marcos.
After a medical career on the East Coast and in San Diego as an internal medicine specialist, he studied woodturning at Palomar College’s nationally known Cabinet and Furniture Technology program.
As his interest moved from furniture making to woodturning, he studied with a number of leading woodturners, in West Virginia, Utah, Nevada, and California. In addition to local exhibitions, his work is in a number of private collections in the US, Europe, and Asia.
“Turning, for me, is an expanding dialogue, first with the wood, and then with the viewer…as they look at the piece, trace its profile, discover its patterns, hold the wood in their hands. If I’ve done my job right, I’ve helped to reveal the message of the wood.
“My inspiration comes from many directions…from the Arts and Crafts movement’s simplicity, the beauty and proportions of Chinese porcelains, and sometimes from the innate character of the wood itself, as it reveals itself on the lathe. “