Taking Plain to a Different Level
Unique Pieces from Nature's Creations
Since 2016 I’ve been utilizing my wood lathe to create both decorative and functional pieces from various types of wood. Being a wood turner requires time, patience, attention to detail, and quality materials. These ingredients are a part of all the pieces I craft. My work is original, each transforming into a one of a kind creation through the beauty of the wood with an artistic touch.
My name is David Waldrep, and I’m a wood turner, a hobby that I’ve been doing for about 4 years.
My enjoyment and love of working with wood started quite a few years ago when I was in Junior High School in Allen Park Michigan. One of my 9th grade elective classes was Wood Shop and up until that time I had very little experience in woodworking. During that class year I learned a lot of fundamentals and was able to make a few projects. It was in this class that I experienced my first adventure into working on a wood lathe. I was fortunate in having a great teacher who besides being very knowledgeable was incredibly patient.
During the following years in High School I didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy any more classes in woodworking. Shortly after graduating high school I joined the United States Air Force. I originally didn’t have any long-term plans in regards to making the military a career however that did change. I met my wife at my first duty assignment and in the following years in the military we had two children. My first four years in the Air Force soon turned into eight, then 12 and before long I had spent over twenty years in uniform before I retired in New Mexico.
My next journey in life began in 1996 when I started teaching technology in two different public school systems in New Mexico. After a total of fifteen years in the classroom, I decided to retire and focus on the things I had missed for so many years.
During my military and teaching careers there wasn't much time to do woodworking, but I never forgot the past. Now, with the time and resources available, I am back to what began so long ago. While turning wood on the lathe I let the wood help guide me in determining shape and outcome. Each piece for me is an extension of what Mother Nature began, a work of art and a creation of beauty.
Please enjoy my work. Thank you.
A man who works with his hands is a laborer; A man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist