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Woodturning allows me a unique way to express creativity and craftsmanship.

I often start with “up-cycled” materials: trees removed from someone’s yard, wood intercepted on its way to the dump, pieces rescued from the firewood pile, or native trees removed for conservation efforts or fire prevention.

When using found wood as a medium, I rarely fully design a thing before I start making it. I start with an idea, but when I cut into the wood and see what lies inside that idea might be modified. It is important to me that I work with what Mother Nature has provided. Sometimes I find beautiful figure, other times there are defects that need to be avoided (or even highlighted). Those discoveries often mean completely changing the form I thought I was creating. I enjoy responding to and working with nature in this way.

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


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These are examples of some of my work. It is not a “product catalog”, and not normally 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 I have something similar that you’d like.

Troublesome #10

Troublesome (Series)

The Cameron Peak Fire started in August of 2020, and the East Troublesome Fire in October. These are, so far, the two largest wildfires in Colorado history, and East Troublesome was the most destructive. Combined, they burned over 628 square miles of forest. Two people died. More than 500 homes were destroyed, and thousands were … Continue reading Troublesome (Series)

Walnut Hollow Form

This Hollow Form is Walnut, about 6-1/2″ around and 5″ tall. Turned from a full log, so the pith (center of the log) runs thru the sides. The stress around the pith usually leads to cracking. After it sat for a while and developed some cracks, I repaired them with Maple Pewa patches There is … Continue reading Walnut Hollow Form

Walnut Hollow Form

This Hollow Form is Walnut, about 7″ around and 4″ tall. It was turned from a full log, so the pith (center of the log) runs thru the sides of the form. There is a lot of stress around the pith, and it usually leads to cracking. After it sat for a while, it did … Continue reading Walnut Hollow Form

Small Walnut Calabashes

Some small walnut calabash bowls. the largest is 4″ x 3″, the small one is 2-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.

Walnut Calabash

Walnut calabash bowl, 5″ x 3″. Pewas are Maple.

Walnut Calabash

Calabash bowl, Walnut. 8″ diameter x 4″ high. Pewas and Huini pegs are Maple.

Wood Turning by Dave Landers