37 years of mechanical engineering and using his left brain as a
contractor for NASA, Dave retired and is now starting to exercise
his creative, artistic right brain. His love of woodworking and
"making things" comes from his Dad, a former tool and
Dave likes to work with local hardwoods like maple,
cherry, and walnut. He uses logs from downed trees or lumber purchased
from lumber yards. He started his turning hobby with segmented turning
(also called polychromatic turning).
The segmented technique involves cutting and gluing
hundreds of pieces of wood together to create a blank that is then
turned on the lathe. Segmented turning allows the woodturner to
create designs in his turnings by incorporating varied species of
wood as a color palette. Traditionally, segmented designs tend to
Dave is a member of the Baltimore Area Turners (BAT)
and the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).
He has also been a regular demonstrator at the Woodworking
Show in Timonium, MD and at the American
Craft Council show at the Baltimore Convention Center.