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Dave takes great joy in seeing woods that are generally passed over become beautiful pieces of art.  Taking a rough, ugly, cast aside piece of wood, with skill and technique, he lets the inner beauty of the wood emerge.

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Decorative pieces, usually with natural edges and voids are skillfully turned to enhance the natural beauty. Sometimes additional inlays and overlays are added to create a specific effect. Other pieces, may be hand-stained or painted, a collaborative effort that results in true artistry.

Natural Edge

A burl is a rounded growth that protrudes from a tree trunk or branch.  The shape of the wood lends itself to woodturning design. A natural edge rim occurs when the wood is turned to create a hollow form a log segment with the bark side remaining.


Living in Arizona, American Indian designs and shapes have influenced my work. I have studied the ancient design of the Anasazi and HoHokam. The shapes are simple and pleasing. From there, a more modern look is achieved by adding turquoise, copper and leather


Hollow forms like bowls and pots are turned pieces where the inside is removed. Bowls have a wide opening, making it easy to use them for a variety of purposes. They can be decorative or utilitarian, and often serve as both. 

Vases, Vessels, Pots

These are hollow forms where the inside has been removed. Some, like the small pots used by Native Americans to store seeds, have very tiny openings, requiring  blind access to the inside with specialized tools.


wood platters

Platters can be utilitarian or decorative, hung on a wall or displayed on table or other flat surface. Platters are turned, just as are vases and bowls, but they are flat, and not hollow inside. When turned from burl, they can have a smooth or natural edge.

Meet Dave

Dave Kaufmann, a retired contractor, grew up in Arizona, where he was heavily influenced by Native American design. Following early retirement, he began experimenting with wood turning.  He has always loved working with wood, whether in construction, furniture making, or on the lathe.

Dave takes great joy in seeing woods that are generally passed over, become beautiful pieces of art.  Taking a rough, ugly, cast aside piece of wood and with skill and technique, letting the inner beauty of the wood emerge.  Read more.

From Start to Finish. See how Dave does it.

Dave Kaufmann hauling wood
Dave Kaufmann storing wood

Now showing

Montrose Center for the Arts
11 S. Park, Montrose, Colorado. Gallery hours are Tue.-Sat. 11 am – 5 pm. Sat. 10 am-4 pm.  More info.,https://mc4arts.net/

610 Arts Collective
610 Clinton Street, Ridgway, Colorado. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info. info@sherbino.org.

Weehawken Creative Arts
610 Clinton St
PO Box 734
Ridgway, CO 81432
(970) 318-0150

Proud member of Alpenglow Arts Alliance

Upcoming Events

Dave is working with Montrose Area Woodturners and Bosom Buddies to provide beautiful, hand-crafted wig stands for cancer patients. Story here. 

Woodturning for a Cause

June 22. noon – 2 pm. The Stone House, Montrose CO. Fundraiser to support the Montrose area Woodturners ‘wig stands and canes’ outreach projets. Wig stands are donated to Western Slope oncology departments for victims of cancer-related hair loss. $25/pp. Reservations or information: 970-874-9550, 970-260-8479.

Ridgway Rendezvous

August 10 & 11, Hartwell Park, Ridgway, Colorado. Arts, crafts, food, entertainment. Fun for the kids. Beer & wine for the grown-ups. Visit my booth – right up front near True Grit. More information.

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