David John

012 Found Objects 2018 David John and A Most Unlikely Pair

I began wood turning in 1990 while living in the Lower Blue Mountains. As a member of The Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre (at Glenbrook in the Lower Blue Mountains), I attended a series of workshops conducted by a local wood turner. The BMCAC operated a gallery and as a member I was part of this along with regular participation in their Annual member's Exhibitions and, after my introduction to wood turning, I attended numerous workshops.

In 1997 I was one third of two exhibitions at The BMCAC Gallery, entitled 'Three Cuts of wood' and Three Cuts of Wood, The Second Edition'. The other two thirds were a wood carver and a joiner. Deciding that turned bowls sometimes needed embellishment, I enrolled in a loosely structured woodcarving class which morphed into a casual carving group. There followed another exhibition, this time in Leura in the Blue Mountains, 'Artists in Wood', a collaboration between four woodworkers, two carvers and two turner/carvers.

I have attended various workshops and instruction days at the Sydney Woodturning Centre, the Blue Mountains Woodturners Guild and with Richard Raffin in Canberra.

In the years leading up to the turn of the century I have had work shown and for sale in numerous Galleries in Sydney, Darling Harbour, the blue Mountains and surrounding areas.

After relocating to Surfside in 2006 I have had my work shown in  Creative Arts Batemans Bay Inc (CABBI) - formerly Batemans Bay Arts & Crafts Society, The gallery, Mogo  - formerly Wattlebark Gallery, Mogo and The Land of Many Waters Gallery, Batemans Bay.

As well as embellishing my turning with carving I also burn designs on bowls and in a small way have turned my hand to sculpture in wood, steel, 'hebel' and stone.

Awards; have come my way fro both woodturning and sculpture.

Contact: 0411 405485

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