Avelino Samuel


About the artist


A native of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Avelino Samuel is an accomplished furniture maker who has only recently concentrated on producing fine woodturnings. On our most recent trip to the island we met with Avelino at his home and studio overlooking spectacular Coral Bay on the east end of the island.

Just outside his workshop filled with saws, grinders and a massive lathe, Avelino’s future pieces lie hidden in a 20-foot wide “woodpile” of island logs. Before we met, locals told us that he was well known on the island and that forest rangers and utility crews alert him when they see downed trees that he might be interested in.

All of Avelino’s turnings feature recycled, St. John woods. Avelino is represented by fine galleries on St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix. Creations Gallery is his exclusive outlet in the states.


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