Mike Snegg's Studio


Every piece of wood has an image inside and it is my task as a wood sculptor to discover it. Making bowls from trees is the discovery of that internal shape, which has grown in the wood for years waiting to see light. I find growth rings and activity that  tell the story about the life and history of the forest and the tree itself. To make a bowl or a piece of art from the log extends the life of the tree for others to enjoy. Many of my bowls are turned from Black Walnut, Manzanita Burl, Madrone and Black Oak native to northern California’s Yuba River watershed, where I have lived since 1969. The land has nourished the tree whose wooden bowl nourishes us.I became interested in turning bowls after I inherited my father’s wood shop. My goal has been to study with some of the best bowl turners in the world. My shop is housed on our property in a historic building which was part of the old Nevada County owned farm from the 1800’s

Mike Snegg and family with President Carter.

Mike Snegg and family attend a special meeting at the Carter Center in Atlanta, and take a photo with President Carter. Mike made a special olive wood bowl for the President and Mrs. Carter, Titled “Olive Bowl for Peace” Jimmy Carter is an avid woodworker. He said he would find a prominent place at for it at the Carter Center.

2nd place award at the Wild and Scenic art show

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery & Studio

Open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 5pm

300 Spring street | Nevada City CA. | 530-265-6817



David Ellsworth and Mike Snegg at David's workshop in Quaker town PA.

David Ellsworth and Mike Snegg at David’s workshop in Quaker town PA.