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.

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.

Sliced Walnut Hollow Form

Walnut Hollow Form, about 6.5″ tall, 5″ diameter. Sliced and re-assembled with maple pewa. Walnut oil finish.

Cracked Hollow Form

Walnut, about 5″ diameter, 6 1/2″ tall. Maple pewa across the crack, turquoise fill in the crack.

Walnut Gap Bowl

Walnut with Maple pewa over sawed gap. About 5″ diameter. Walnut oil finish. Inspired by John Beaver’s work. This is an initial piece to explore some new (to me) ideas. This piece was selected by the American Association of Woodturners Forum as Turning of the Week for April 11, 2022.

Wood Turning by Dave Landers