Born in 1952 I've been a life-long resident of Evansville, Wisconsin. I've always enjoyed working with wood, but woodturning didn't come into my life until I was 55 years old. I had been warned that woodturning can be addictive and it has been for me.
Shortly after buying my first lathe I realized I needed help and joined the Badger Woodturners in Madison, WI. It was a great move on my part. The club has many talented turners willing to share their knowledge.
While on a woodturning website I came across a turner who dyed his pieces using a special technique he had developed. While trying to figure out his process I found my own direction for embellishing my turnings. I'm now hooked on coloring my pieces. In my youth I had wanted to be a wildlife artist. I now feel very fortunate to be able to incorporate art into my turnings.
I use alcohol based dyes on my pieces. The wood is usually boxelder or maple. The whiter the wood the brighter the colors. I use different techniques in creating my pieces. Some times the dye is applied directly to the wood. Other times the wood is sealed and the dyes are applied over the sealer.
I prefer doing a variety of designs vs. production work. I had a job for over 40 years - I want turning to remain a hobby.
I hope you enjoy my pieces as much as I do making them.
Thanks for looking - Dave Turner
He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.