Dave Landers

I’ve been a hobbyist woodturner for over 30 years. I enjoy making things both functional and beautiful. Every time I step in the shop, I am striving to not only create something good, but also to advance my skills and abilities.

It’s all about the wood for me. I like creating in harmony with Mother Nature. She’s supplied so much more than just a material to work with. Wood is art. My challenge is to embellish that art, using the lathe and other tools, to enhance the beauty already there. Sometimes, I also get to collaborate with insects or maybe a fungus, and we layer on top of each other’s work.

Most of my bowls and hollow forms are made from “rescued” wood. Trees, removed from someone’s yard, are “rescued” before they get to the landfill.

I have the privilege of being able to turn wood in my shop and studio in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado.

My signature piece is what I call simply “Sliced Hollow Forms”. These are hollow vessels that I’ve sliced apart and reassembled with Pewa (butterfly patches).

Pewa (pronounced peva, and means fish tail) is the Hawaiian term for butterfly patches. I use this term because I learned the process of patching cracks from a couple wood turners from Hawaii.

I do demonstrations for woodturning clubs and symposiums, and can also offer these as an Interactive Remote Demonstration (IRD) via Zoom.

Teaching is the best tool for self-improvement – I can not teach without also learning. And it is very rewarding to give back to the woodturning community that has shared so much with me.

Making Shavings

For 21 years, I turned on a lathe I built myself. A wooden wood lathe. That’s me, in 1989, building it.


These are examples of some of my work. It is not a “product catalog”, and sometimes not very up to date. Many of these pieces are sold or unavailable. If there’s something that interests you, contact me at dave@dlwoodturning.com and we can see if the piece is available or if I have something similar that you’d like.

Natural Edge Big Leaf Maple Burl Goblet

Goblet of Big Leaf Maple burl, about 7 1/2″ tall x 3 1/2″ diameter. Stem is dyed maple. Finish is lacquer.

Maple Crotch Hollow Form

Hollow Form, about 11.75″ tall, 7″ diameter. From a crotch of Maple. Lacquer finish. Maple pewa secure a bark inclusion and a crack.

Elm Hollow Form

Hollow from from an Elm crotch. About 10″ diameter and 6″ high. Turned side-grain – that is, like a bowl, where the mouth of the form is pointing at the tree’s center (pith) and the foot pointing towards the bark. Bark inclusion bridged with a single Wenge pewa. Interior painted flat black to enhance the … Continue reading Elm Hollow Form

Aspen Hollow Form

Aspen hollow form, turned around the pith. About 7″ tall, 5″ diameter. Finished with lacquer and buffed.

Aspen Sliced Hollow Form

Aspen Hollow Form, turned around the pith and sliced. Slices re-assembled with Walnut pewa. About 7″ tall, 5″ diameter. Finished with lacquer and buffed.

Off-Axis Sliced Hollow Form

Round (spherical) Ash hollow form, turned on 2 axes and sliced thru a third. Re-assembled the two halves with Wenge pewa. About 6″ diameter. Finished with lacquer and buffed.

Wood Turning by Dave Landers