Eric Lima began working with wood in high school but took it on as a hobby as an adult in 1993. He first made a small baseball bat for his son on the lathe and then began making rudimentary vases and bowls. As Eric progressed, he perfected his designs. The vases became thinner and the turquoise inlay became more intricate. Eric Lima is self-taught, learning from his mistakes and successes, constantly improving on his artwork. Now he sees a finished vase when looking at a hunk of untouched wood. Currently Eric has been creating even larger pieces, some having natural voids in the wood which make them more difficult to turn on a lathe but also provide a new and exciting challenge.