Welcome to my website Hi, my name is Lyle Knopp. I’m a visual artist in wood turned on a lathe. My passion is fueled by the desire to explore the unknown. I use wood direct from the tree. These trees have died, fallen or where removed for various reasons. I would never cut a living tree for my purpose. The excitement I have using logs is the process of removing layers, beginning with the bark. Each layer reveals its inner grain patterns, colors, textures, smells and more. I find that no two logs are the same. They each have their own personality that I need to coax out through form and/or function. I continue to grow in my skills through experience to design a piece that pays tribute to the life of the tree.