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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.

Tall Box

A tall box with 3 carved legs. Box Elder Burl, about 10″ tall. Disc under the lid and finial are dyed with India ink. Finish is lacquer.

Levitate

Big Leaf Maple Burl. Dyed maple “leg” and finial. About 9.5″ tall. Lacquer finish. This piece was selected by the American Association of Woodturners Forum as Turning of the Week for January 29, 2024.

Box Elder Burl Hollow Form

Hollow Form. Box Elder Burl. About 4″ diameter and 2.5″ tall. Red and Yellow dyes finished with Lacquer.

PatchWork

Hollow Form, probably Maple but I’m not really sure. It’s about 6″ diameter and 6.25″ tall. The bark inclusion was just too big, so I got a little guy in to wall it up. There was a large crack along one side, which I patched with Walnut pewa. The bricklayer left some bricks in the … Continue reading PatchWork

Cracked Ash Dish

Ash Dish, about 9″ dia x 1.5″ high. Cracks repaired with Walnut Pewa & Epoxy. Finish is Walnut Oil.

Ash Sliced Hollow Form

Sliced Hollow Form, Ash, about 9″ dia x 4.5″. Sliced and reassembled with Wenge Pewa. Finish is Walnut Oil.

Wood Turning by Dave Landers