Michael Mode is a self-taught lathe artist, born in Quakertown, PA, in 1946. His first experience of woodturning came in 1973 while watching a Moroccan craftsman using an Arab bow lathe to make chair spindles. A few years later when trying a lathe himself for the first time, his innate ability for woodturning immediately became obvious. His earliest efforts focused on lidded containers created on a foot-powered lathe made from an antique sewing machine. A motorized lathe soon replaced the foot power, but the theme of lidded vessels continued through all his major works until May of 1999. At that time Mode began creating laminated bowls utilizing the BFAB (bowl from a board) method. Michael Mode’s work has been placed in numerous museum collections.