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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 peh-vah, 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 of 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.

Gallery

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.

Stowaway

Forth in my Rocket Box series. Box Elder Burl, about 10″ tall overall, and the box is about 2.5″ diameter. Lacquer finish. This one has a “secret compartment” on the bottom, held on with magnets.

Elm Hollow Form

About 6″ tall, 3.5″ diameter. Lacquer finish. If it looks crocked, that’s how it dried – the knot on one side sorta sunk in while the surrounding area bulged out. Gives it some character.

Flame Textured Hollow Form

Elm hollow form. About 6” tall, 4.5” diameter. Flame textured (torched and wire brushed). Lacquer finish.

Honey Locust Hollow Form

About 7″ diameter, 3″ tall. Walnut oil finish.

Simple Goblet

About 10” high, bowl is about 3” diameter. Box elder burl, dyed. Dyed maple stem. Lacquer. This piece was selected by the American Association of Woodturners Forum as Turning of the Week for June 17, 2024

Sliced Hollow Form

Honey Locust. About 6-1/2” diameter, 3-1/4 tall. Sliced apart and reassembled with wenge pewa. Interior painted black, exterior finished with walnut oil.

Wood Turning by Dave Landers