Andy Gosch has worked with wood all of his life. From his early years building barns for the family horse farm, to restoring their family home with salvaged wood from old structures, to making primitive furniture, one could speculate wood has worked it’s way into his dna.
He began turning on an historic lathe originally built at the former RD Cole Manufacturing Company, where much of Newnan’s fabulous historic architecture originated. For many years, in his own shop, Andy created or reproduced millwork for new and historic homes in the south metro area. The manufacturing side of his business produced mail order cabinetry, as well as case-goods for homes and businesses.
Andy returned to his love of woodworking several years ago. His focus is on turnings, but he can’t resist sawing specimen trees into slabs for future furniture pieces. He mainly uses trees that have fallen on his property, with occasional pieces of special interest from elsewhere. Working with woods such as antique heart pine, Savannah holly, river birch and spalted elm, Andy chooses the shape of the turnings to fit the individual piece based on his hunch of what it will reveal. He enjoys how woodworking allows him to sculpt a piece of nature into a form that appeals to the eye in shape and pattern. Sometimes the piece is functional such as a vase or bowl, other times simply decorative. Emphasis on natural patterns and the creation of visual intrigue are his goals. Andy does that by using select parts of the tree or orienting the grain direction for the desired effect.