In the middle of visiting my parents in Arkansas last week, I had the chance to meet up with none other than Mark Cothren. He and I had PM'd a few times (a few years ago) but this was our first chance to get together.
First, the obligatory "shop shot". Mark had been roughing out a bit of walnut and ... ash?
Unfortunately, the circumstances that allowed us to meet also meant that I showed up at his place on Sunday after church ... ergo the suit. (That's right; he's the preacher, but I'm the one who's all dressed up!)
I wasn't able to stay long; only 45 minutes or so. But Mark was a great host, and wouldn't let me leave without giving me a peek at some of his collection. Almost all of these pieces were created entirely by Mark, but one or two were turned by others, and the "checkerboard" blank was supplied by someone else and turned by Mark:
As I recall, Mark lives just off of Larry's last "Tour de Wood" route. Did Mark get a visit from The Ambassador?