Xylem Gallery

J. Paul Fennell

Born and raised in Beverly, Massachusetts, on the Atlantic coast north of Boston, my earliest memories of woodworking were as a very young boy, sawing and nailing scraps of wood cutoffs together in my Dad’s basement workshop. And, I will never forget the pleasant aroma of freshly-cut wood emanating from there. Any further interest in working with wood, however, was years later as an adult, but the reverence for wood always remained. After receiving BSc and MSc degrees in engineering from The Ohio State University and the University of Southern California respectively, I became employed in California as a mission, rocket performance and orbital mechanics analyst in the Apollo space program.

I was first exposed to woodturning in 1970 through a woodworking course at a local high school Adult Education program in California. My first lathe project in that class was a small table with turned legs, which has been in our home ever since. I am for the most part self-taught, and have focused on the expressiveness of hollow forms for most of my life as a woodturner.

Diamonds of Seven by J Paul Fennell

Diamonds of Seven

Sumac wood
6"h x 7"w x 7"d


A Time of the Sines by J Paul Fennell

A Time of the Sines

Mesquite wood
9"h x 7"w x 7"d

Attenuation by J Paul Fennell


Mesquite wood
6.5"h x 8"w x 8"d