Steve Rohr has been designing and working with wood for over 50 years. He started out in his father’s workshop building small projects as gifts and put himself through college working as a carpenter. After graduating in 1973 from Miami University he worked primarily in the computer technology field. He has a strong engineering background which has contributed to his love of wood working.
Shortly after moving his family to Michigan in 1983, he built his current workshop and began the journey into wood turning. While still employed in the computer field, he would make pen & pencil sets out of exotic woods for his customers. Furniture and toys dominated his early work however his interest in wood turning and using wood as an art form began to increase. The potential of creating unique pieces with smooth flowing lines from the natural grain patterns and colors in wood became more exciting than utilitarian pieces.
In 2010, after 37 years in the corporate world, he retired and started Rohr Woodworking, a business devoted to creating art from wood. His early pieces were displayed in a local gallery in Milford, Mi. and he started selling at various Art Fairs across Michigan. In 5 short years he has developed a large base of repeat customers and the business is thriving.
If the wood has interesting color, grain or other natural characteristics, he will try to accentuate those details. If it is more neutral in appearance, he often adds bright colorful dyes, airbrushed paints, Turkish marbling, carving and pyrography. His pieces are bright with seasonal colors often with bark on the outside to add texture.
He has earned Honorable Mention awards at the prestigious Alden B. Dow Art Fair, The Northfield Fine Arts Fair and the Starkweather Art Gallery and won 1st Place at the Lac Ste. Clair Art Fair. He won Best of Show at the Northville Fine Arts show in 2017 for his Fractal Burning Disks. He was a guest speaker at the Garden City Fine Art Association discussing the ancient technique of marbling on wood.
Steve has been the featured demonstrator for various wood turning clubs and has mentored new wood turners. He has studied under international turners such as Al Stirt, Rudy Lopez, Betty Scarpino and Nick Agar. He is a member of the Detroit Area Woodturners, the Pontiac Creative Arts Center, the American Association of Woodturners and the Huron Valley Council for the Arts.
His work is sold primarily through Art Fairs and Art Galleries. He has sold artwork all over the United States and as far away as Switzerland, France and Germany.