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. The wood itself often determines the shape (hollow, or flat) and functionality (decorative or utilitarian) of each piece. Additional inlays (turquoise & copper) and overlays (leafing, etc.), or specialty treatments (hand-staining or painting) sometimes added to create a specific effect.
Large 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.
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. The opening may be very small, often requiring blind access to the inside with specialized tools. Native Americans often used pots to save seeds, and these vessels have very tiny openings.
Vases, Vessels, Pots
Vases are another hollow form. Taller than a pot or bowl, they also often have a wider top opening. Vessels can also be a box with removable lid, and may sometimes be used for decorative purposes with a display stand.
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.