Ray began turning bowls in 2012, self taught from manufacturing work experience and information from various internet sources. His bowls are almost exclusively made from black cherry harvested from his farm in West Falls, NY. Deibel strives to create unique works that are simple, beginning with a design intent, but ultimately determined by the flow and features of the wood itself. They are meant to be attractive, functional and reasonably priced.
In 2016, Deibel expanded his areas of interest to the German craft of curled wood Christmas trees known as Spanbaum, using a razor sharp flat chisel, dozens of wood curls are carefully shaved into a turned wood blank and then unrolled to form “branches”. As a stand alone piece or in a grouping, these unique trees are beautiful for Christmas time, or year round decorations!
Deibel joined the Arts & Craftsmen Guild in 2016 to continue to improve his craft, gain better understanding of the Arts & Crafts Tradition and participate in shows and events on the Historic Roycroft Campus.