Avelino Samuel is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed wood artists in the United States. Born and raised on the lush, tropical island of St. John, USVI he became acquainted with the beauty and diversity of the island's native trees at an early age. His professional education began at the former College of the Virgin Islands where he subsequently transferred to North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts. Later, Avelino completed a Master of Science degree in Industrial Education from Eastern Michigan University, then returning to St. John where he taught for over thirty years.
For the past ten years, Avelino has participated at the American Association of Woodturners’ Youth Turning Program as an Assistant and Presenter (2004 and 2008) and has presented at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Tennessee), John C. Campbell Folk School (North Carolina) and at the Ohio Valley Symposium in Cincinnati. He has conducted numerous demonstrations throughout the country.
His use of local woods includes genip, golden shower, tibet, raintree, white prickle, and West Indian mahogany. From his use of oil, polish, natural stain, and red stain, to ebonizing and clear lacquer, Avelino uses the grain of the wood to bring the piece to life.