Dave Landers

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

I often start with “up-cycled” materials: trees removed from someone‚Äôs 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.


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.

Small Natural Edge Goblet

Goblet of Big Leaf Maple burl (with dyed maple stem). About 4-1/4″ tall, bowl is about 2-1/4″ diameter. Spray lacquer finish.

Natural Burl Surface Goblet

Goblet with the natural burl surface on the outside of the goblet bowl, and top side of the base. Big Leaf Maple burl with dyed maple stem. About 6-1/4″ tall. The bowl is about 3-1/4″ diameter. Finished with spray lacquer. This piece was selected by the American Association of Woodturners Forum as Turning of the … Continue reading Natural Burl Surface Goblet

Sliced Walnut Hollow Form

About 7″ diameter x 4.5″ high. Walnut, turned green, sliced, and re-assembled with maple pewa. Finish is walnut oil. There are a few small walnut pewa stitching a crack on one side (not shown in the picture).

Wormy Maple Hollow Form

This piece is about 7″ diameter and 3-1/2″ tall. Lots of worm holes around one side, which I have cleaned out of all the “bug dirt”.

School Bell Handle

Replaced a broken handle on an old school bell. The handle is about 6″ long. Used paint and various stains to attempt to imitate (or at least hint at) the patina of the original.

Sliced Maple Hollow Form

Maple Hollow Form, about 5″ diameter and 6″ tall. Sliced and re-assembled with walnut strips. Lacquer finish.

Wood Turning by Dave Landers