Southwest Inspiration

“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.”  ( ~Dave Kaufmann)

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2P-DK713

southwest pot turquoise inlay

2V-DK910

aspen southwest vase with turquoise

2SP-DK863  SOLD

Pistachio, small SW po

2V-DK884  SOLD

Spalted aspen vase

2SP-DK319

Mesquite seed pot

2V-DK864

Spalted aspen vase

2V-DK672

Aspen vase with silver inlay

2V-DK584

walnut vessel turquoise inlay

2V-DK883

Ash burl vase with turquoise inlay

2V-DK604

Elm burl vase

2P-DK814  SOLD

southwest pot leather trim

2V-DK126

Asen vase turquoise inlay

Unique to the Native American culture are ‘seed pods’ (like the two small pots shown below). These pots with tiny openings were used to store seeds. The tall vase in the center, is an ‘Olla,’ or a water jug. The pieces finished with hand-laced leather rims, sometimes adorned with beads or fathers, are part of the Kaufmann’s collaborative artistic effort.  Read more about their efforts in the Gallery Deocrative and Collaborative.

2SP-DK890

Pecan Seed pod

2V-DK574  SOLD

southwest vase turquoise inlay

2SP-DK891

Walnut Seed pod

2V-DK854

Aspen Water Pot

2V-DK855

Walnut Vase, turquoise inlay

2V-DK889

Aspen vase with turquoise inlay

2P-DK588  SOLD

Pot with hand-laced leather rim.southwest pot leather trim

2V-DK788  SOLD

Vase with copper and turquoise inlay.southwest pot turquoise inlay

2v-DK579  SOLD

Pot with hand-laced leather rim.southwest pot leather trim

2P-DK627  SOLD

Pot with hand-laced leather rim and turquoise inlay.southwest pot turquoise inlay

2V-DK668  SOLD

Aspen burl vase with Brazilian cherry rim.southwest vase

2V-DK791 SOLD

SW pot with copper and turquoise inlay.southwest pot turquoise inlay

These hollow vessels have been inspired by the Native American cultures that populated the southwest. But all that inspires is not hollow or round. Decorative pieces that can double for utilitarian purposes were important in a nomadic culture where space was limited and necessities had to be light weight and travel easily. No matter how they are intended to be used, many designs  lend themselves to decorative additions, like turquoise, copper, and silver. Native Americans also use natural dyes in their weavings. A similar process can be used for artistic wood pieces.

3P-DK892

hand-stained pot

3P-DK765

decorative piece with turquoise inlay

4P-DK680

burl pot

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Working with burl, as in the unique vases and pots below, is highly representative of the Native American influence on Dave’s creative woodturnings. Check out the Burl Gallery to see more examples.

1P-DK851

Southwest box elder burl

4P-DK885

Aspen SW pot turquoise inlay

1P-DK879

Box elder bur