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Francisco Clemente Woodturning

Francisco Clemente Woodturning

Francisco still recalls the smell of freshly cut Spanish cedar and cypress from his childhood in Huelva, Spain. While just a boy, he began apprenticing in furniture making under his godfather, learning skills that would last a lifetime. After high school, travels and studies in Hotel Administration interrupted his work in wood.

In 1973 while working at a prestigious hotel in Marbella, Spain, Francisco met Master Clyde Siggins, a renowned custom homebuilder in California. A kinship developed and during a visit to Siggins in the United States, Francisco decided to stay in Las Vegas, Nevada and abandon hotel work in favor of becoming a home builder as Clyde Siggins.

In 1980 travels to Hawaii he found a home away from home. Settling on Oahu, he continued his work in home remodeling and returned to furniture making. While researching how to create bedposts for a custom bed he had designed, he bought his first lathe. His life as a wood artist had begun.

Francisco starts with a design in mind, but as he interacts with the wood, he gently gives way to it. “The wood is alive and yet dead, and then comes alive again”, he explains. The spontaneity of his life fuels his creativity. “I am always in search of the ultimate expression, a mischievous quest for adventure and the unknown” he says. “I love the feeling of having done something new or different.”

Wood Turnings
Francisco Clemente

Honolulu, Hawaii
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