Steve Treistman loves discovering what is “under the surface”. His previous career was as a research neuroscientist. To see what goes on below the placid-looking surface of the brain, he used electrodes to uncover the firestorm of electrical activity underneath. He has been working with wood for over fifty years. To see what is below the bark of a tree, he uses various cutting tools to uncover the beauty and history within. Woodturning, using a lathe, is a form of woodworking that is very amenable to artistic expression, using shape along with surface texture and color to create something beautiful and meaningful. All of his work uses wood from downed trees, and shells and sand from local beaches. Just as in scientific research, he is constantly experimenting.