Cindy Cwi

Cindy Cwi Wood Works

Cindy Cwi’s wood art is often described as zen like. She appreciates the natural beauty of wood and she seeks balance in her designs that showcase its beauty by using clean graceful lines and curves that are pleasing to the eye and to the touch. Her work features functional pieces —pendants, candle holders, salt shakers and peppermills, ULU knives and cutting boards, pens, and ikebana arrangers — as well as sculptural pieces such as carved hollow vessels, spheres, natural edged bowls, carved platters, and whimsical nests with eggs.

Cindy’s work is shaped primarily on the lathe which is a machine that spins the wood while the woodworker cuts into it with various metal gouges and chisels. To prepare the wood for turning she uses a full complement of traditional woodworking tools including chain saw, bandsaw, and table saw. Cindy sometimes embellishes her pieces with pyrography or hand carving. She also likes the combination of copper with wood and makes flame torched and hammered copper medallions for some of her pendants and platters.

Cindy is a retired scientist from the pharmaceutical industry. After retirement she learned basic woodworking skills in classes at the Indianapolis Art Center. She continued her training at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking (Franklin, IN) where she continues to take advanced immersive classes with visiting internationally recognized instructors. She is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild, and is recognized as an Indiana Artisan. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and American Eskimo Dogs.