Doug Brinks


I was born and raised in Middleville, Michigan.  As a teenager I fell in love with cars and music.  I worked in the automotive field during the day and as a musician on the weekends.  In the early 90’s I got involved with our local theater, the Village Players of Middleville, where I enjoyed acting and directing.  I retired from the music scene in 1994 to spend more time with the theater.  I remained in the automotive field until 2013 when I was able to retire early and begin doing the things I really enjoy, like music and woodworking.



I started a woodworking project that required some equipment that I didn’t have, so I purchased a Shopsmith woodworking machine.  After I finish the project I converted my Shopsmith to a wood lathe just to see what woodturning was all about.

Well, that changed everything.  I was instantly addicted to woodturning.   After two years of 60 or more hours per week honing my skills as a wood turner, I felt confident enough to enter a piece in the Barry Country Artist Exhibition and won first place!  The following year I entered again and also took first prize.
Since then I have been participating in art shows all over Michigan.   In 2014 I became a volunteer at the Grand Rapids Public Museum doing woodturning demonstrations for the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo chapters of the American Woodturners Association.  Most of my art has natural edges exposed.  I like to see a piece of art that transforms from the rough exterior to the smooth finished inner beauty.

I am deeply involved with the Grand River Woodturners Guild in Grand  Rapids where I serve as president.   I especially enjoy mentoring and teaching the art of woodturning to others.