Dave Kaufmann was born and raised in Arizona. His parents were missionaries to the Apache Indians, an influence that is clear in his artistry today. He is the youngest of six children and the only son (5 sisters!).  Today, he is the father of two beautiful daughters, and grandfather of five (4 boys and one granddaughter).

Dave has always loved working with wood, including making custom furniture, carpentry, contracting, or on the lathe. His first job after high school was for a custom cabinet shop in Prescott, Ariz.  Dave went into contracting, which was his occupation until he retired in 1998.

With time on his hands, Dave’s thoughts turned to the erector set and motor he had received as a Christmas present when a small child.  He rigged up a makeshift “lathe.” Using clay for a medium and sticks for tools, he formed shapes by the hour. Creative Woodturning by Dave was born.

He and his wife, Margaret, relocated to the Western Slope of Colorado in  2013. The next year, Dave and three others started theMontrose Area Woodturners (MAW); he was President for three years. Dave, and the MAW group, turn canes for Veterans.  Each cane is measured and engraved with the Veteran’s name, rank, and where he/she served.  A hand carved eagle head is attached and presented to the Veteran at a special ceremony. Dave is a current member as well of theAmerican Association of Woodturners  Montrose Woodworkers Guild, and Montrose Center For The Arts.

Dave and Margaret enjoy living in Montrose, with a vacation cabin in nearby Ouray, Colorado.   They enjoy life in a small town, great weather and views of the San Juan Mountains from both of their homes.

Today, 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.

Follow Dave’s creative wood turning process, from Start to Finish.