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Fine Craft Collective

David Peterson

My adult life, which has been going on for some time, began with an extended foray into academics (English, Linguistics and Middle Eastern Studies). After a few years of teaching in Iran, I moved into career in heavy manufacturing (metal stamping & fabricating), and then to selling commercial and industrial real estate (a dubious battle). I began wood-turning a few years ago and enjoy it more than anything else I have done.

My work is primarily simple shapes created spontaneously at the lathe from a single raw blank. They are rendered in common native species. Most of the wood I use is harvested on my small property (ash, maple, elm, pine), given to me by friends (palo verde, mesquite, walnut, osage orange, yew root), found lying in someones woods (beech, grape vine) or rescued from more unlikely spots (firewood from the grocery store, discarded furniture from a back yard, driftwood found at the beach, scraps from a sawmill).