Chris Van Dyke / Van Dyke Jewelry and Fine CraftWhen I put my energy into creating a piece of jewelry, I strive to find the balance between beauty and...
Allen W. Davis
My wife, the quilter, says I quilt with wood. My woodturnings, "pieced" from precise cuts of hardwoods, have a geometric "quilt block" appearance, with the pattern running through the entire piece's thickness. Interest in creating my own blanks, instead of using one piece of solid wood, began when I assisted a workshop on polychromatic segmented woodturning. The technique still endlessly fascinates me.
My bowls, platters, lidded urns, oil candles, cutting boards, ikebana, and vessel sinks use native hardwoods, (often cut from my own 10 acres) layered and assembled alternately with imported exotic hardwoods (recycled from cabinetmakers' waste bins.) The large urns contain 450 or more cut shapes. My finishing process uses progressions of fine micromesh and grit papers, followed by food-grade oils and a waterproofing agent to reveal the natural grain and color of these special woods. No dyes or stains are employed; all pieces are meant to be functional and are food-safe. Some of my favorite showy woods are osage orange, spalted maple, African iroka, dogwood, canary wood, South American purpleheart, cocobolo, zebrawood, and marblewood. More of my work can be seen at my own website: www.winchesterwoodworks.net.
I retired from the corporate life in Florida to the mountains of Western North Carolina. With leisure time to be filled, and a dormant woodcrafting interest leftover from high school Industrial Arts classes, I began to experiment with the lathe in 1997. Though largely self-taught, I have studied with recognized woodturning specialists-Nick Cook, Don Russell and the late Willard Baxter. Promoting my craft whenever possible, I've done workshops for at-risk teens at Eckerd Youth Alternatives Camp in Hendersonville, NC, and for Big Brother/Big Sister of Haywood County. In return for shopwork hours at Winchester Woodworks, I offer woodturning instruction.
In addition to the Guild Shops, my work can be seen at these galleries: New Morning Gallery, Asheville, NC; deYoung Museum of Contemporary Art Museum Shop, San Francisco, CA;Twigs & Leaves, Waynesville, NC; Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, TN; Bellevue Arts Museum Shop, Bellevue, WA; Daly Designs, Greenville, SC; Hawthorne Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC; Its By Nature, Sylva, NC; Jarrett House Gift Shop, Dillsboro, NC;Fat Cat Limited, Oak Ridge, NC; Basketworks,Cashiers, NC; Berea College Gift Shop, Berea, KY; Carlton Gallery@ Creekside, Banner Elk, NC; Craftsman House, St. Petersburg, FL; Wooden Stone Gallery, Davidson, NC; Timothy's, Winter Park, FL; An American Craftsman, Slate Hill, NY; Carlyn Gallery, Dallas, TX; Chosen Treasures, Charleston, SC;Kitchen Table, Walnut Creekl, CA; Wickwire Gallery, Hendersonville, NC;The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, Asheville, NC; Taku Lodge, Juneau, AK;Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ; Evergreen, Great Barrington, MA; Contemporary Center, Torrance, CA; Fall Creek Woods, Boone, NC; Circa, Jackson, MS; Artisans Gallery, Lahaska, PA; Creator's Touch, Punta, Gorda, FL; Autumn Leaf Gifts, West Des Moines, IA;Curate, Milburn, NJ; Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY; Nest, Clarksville, MD; Art Expo, St. Pete Beach, FL; Unique Hands, New York, NY;Elements of Design, Jasper, IN;Grow Gallery, Shelburne Falls, MA; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City, NE; Out on a Limb, Bozeman, MT; The Farmhouse Store, Westfield, NJ; Van Dyke Jewelry & Fine Craft, Asheville, NC; The Bird in Hand, Holliston, MA.