Tom Irven is a woodturner whose designs grow out of an initial respect for the rarity and extraordinary aesthetic qualities of wood. Irven creates small-scale turned objects, both vessel forms and boxes. He is interested in incorporating different materials into his pieces, such as handmade paper, precious metals and fiber. His vocabulary of forms is deeply rooted in nature, referencing acorns, eggs and apples. Irven has a Bachelor of Science from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan, and a Masters from University of Houston.