Dougald Gillis moved from Nova Scotia to Labrador in 1985 to work with the Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Aid Commission. He took time off in 1990-1991 to enroll in a woodworking course at the local college and returned to the legal profession until mandatory retirement in 2006.
His involvement in woodworking since the early 1990s has led to an interest in creating segmented wooden bowls. Rather than turning a piece from a single block of wood (which he also does on occasion), he will cut and glue many individual segments of various types of wood, stack them together, band saw them round, mount on a wood lathe and begin to turn. The time involved can be anywhere from 12 to 40 hours, depending on the complexity of the piece. Much of the material used is imported from more southerly parts of the globe, mostly Africa or South America and can be somewhat costly to obtain. Tulipwood (Brazil), for example, retails for $45 per board-foot.
Dougald currently resides in Northwest River, Labrador with his partner Judy Blake and Welsh Terrier Taffy.
Further information can be obtained by phone at 709-497-8715 (home) or 709-899-1010 (cell).