David WILLIAMS

In 1996 my woodworking and artistic projects took a major shift in direction due to my discovery of the lathe. I discovered that the lathe not only suited my temperament, but bridged the various directions of my artistic skills.

There is immediacy to turning wood similar to a potter turning clay. You design and adjust as you go, with a basic product created at a single session.

Being trained as an architect and artist, I understand how classic design and artistic interpretation meld in the objects we see each day. My background of woodworking and drawing lets me explore woodturning as both craft and sculpture.

A large part of the reason I moved from the plains to the Pacific Northwest was for the trees and wood. Part of the fun of woodworking is the chance to use the hundreds of types of wood available.

As each piece of wood has individual quirks and limitations, I try to mold the pieces into harmonious objects while accepting the opportunities to adjust the design to highlight those quirks.

I turn both small and large pieces as the mood and inspiration hits. The varied techniques, designs, and wood types constantly yield ideas for new variations.

The pieces I create frequently reflect my appreciation of Japanese design and architecture. Part of the joy of these turnings is the chance to rescue a beautiful piece of wood from a scrap pile and produce an object which I hope people will cherish.

  • B. Arch – Texas Tech ’79 (with minor in Art)

  • Registered Architect in Oregon and Washington


Past shows:

  • Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts 2005

  • Celebration of Woodturning, Multnomah Arts – PNWG Show 2007

  • Museum of Contemporary Craft – Woodturners Show 2008

  • Celebration of Creativity Beaverton 2009

  • Museum of Contemporary Craft – with Art in the Pearl Exhibit 2009

Recent & Current Galleries:

Love Art Gallery
8036 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

Real Mother Goose
therealmothergoose.com
7000 NE Airport Way Suite 2253
Portland, OR 97218

Primary Elements Gallery
232 N Spruce St
Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Seattle Art Museum
seattleartmuseum.org
1300 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101