J. Paul Fennell

J. Paul Fennell resides in Scottsdale, AZ.

J. Paul Fennell grew up in Massachusetts, on the Atlantic coast of Boston. His earliest memories of woodworking as a young boy were the smell of wood and playing with scraps of wood in his father's workshop. Even though working with wood wouldn't come until years later as an adult, the reverence for wood always remained.

Fennell studied engineering at Ohio State University and the University of Southern California and became employed as a mission, rocket performance and orbital mechanics analyst in the Apollo space program. He was first exposed to woodturning in 1970 through a woodworking course at a local high school Adult Education program in California. His first lathe project in that class was a small table with turned legs, which has been in his home ever since. He has remained passionate about engineering, which has helped him to apply successful techniques throughout his woodworking career and even make his own tools when necessary.

J. Paul Fennell has been a member of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) for over 25 years and is on the committee of the AAW's Professional Outreach Program, a project that fosters and promotes high standards of professionalism in woodturning. He is also a member of the Arizona Woodturners Association. Over the years, he has demonstrated at woodturning clubs, craft schools and symposia throughout the United States and Canada as well as Australia. His work can be found in many prestigious permanent collections, most notably the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, PA.

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Ribbons Exotique

Unknown wood species
Lathe-turned, carved, oil finish
6" H x 6" D
$2,200  (PF-1)


Patagonian Rosewood
Lathe-turned, carved, oil finish
6” H x 3.75” D
$2,200  (PF PATAGONIA)



Lathe-turned, carved, oil finish
7.5” H x 5.5” D
$3,600  (PF SEASCAPE)


Texture Study

Lathe-turned, carved, oil finish
7.5” H x 5" D
$2,750  (PF TEXTURE)


Mesquite Fissures

Mesquite wood, oil finish
5" H x 4" D
$550  (PF MF)

Acacia Fissures

Acacia wood, oil finish
6" H x 4.24" D
$800  (PF AF)

The Edge

Citrus with black and red acrylic paint - turned, carved & pierced
7” H x 6.5” D

La Mer Petite

Mesquite wood, oil finish
5" H x 5" D
$2,800  (PF LMP)