Terry and Ben Hill, father and son, are masters of functional art. Their woodwork ranges from bowls to platters, ornaments, bracelets, jewelry boxes, candle holders, and more. Combining different techniques and textures, their work is unlike anything else in the world. In fact, Terry’s Unique Woodwork was commissioned by the Montana Department of Commerce to create bowls that were handed out on behalf of the state to diplomats in Taiwan, Japan, and China.
In 2021, the Hills are proud to unveil Thunder—a functional work made up of more than 11,000 pieces of wood.
“When I asked my grandsons [ages 7 and 10] what name I should give the piece, they both said Thunder,” Terry Hill explains. “Their family has a small herd of buffalo, and the bull in the herd is named Thunder.”
“Thunder” the buffalo is carved from a single piece of cocobolo wood. The bowl itself is primary made from honey locust. There are 32 Native American symbols in the woodwork, along with 12 arrows on the top and bottom of the piece.
Terry’s Unique Woodwork can be purchased at galleries in Big Fork, Helena, and Augusta, or can be ordered online.
For more information, visit terryhillturnings.com or call (406) 750-2770.
“Thunder” has over 11000 pieces of a variety of woods. The primary wood in honey locust. When I asked my grandsons (ages 7 and 10) what name I should give the piece, they both said Thunder. There family has a small herd of buffalo and the bull in the herd is named Thunder. There are 32 native American symbols in the bowl, along with 12 arrows on the top and bottom of the piece. Thunder was carved from a single piece of cocobolo wood.