Virtual Visit: David will do his Friday evening presentation via Zoom.
David Ellsworth’s first experience with the lathe was in a woodshop class in 1958. He continued to turn through high school, then spent three years in the military and eight years in college studying architecture, drawing and sculpture, receiving a masters degree in fine art from the University of Colorado in 1973. He started the woodworking program at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado in 1974, and the following year opened his first private woodturning studio in Boulder, Colorado. It was during the mid-1970’s that David developed a series of bent turning tools and the methods required for making the thin-walled hollow forms of which he is known worldwide. His first article titled, “Hollow Turning” appeared in the May/June 1979 issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine. His first book, Ellsworth on Woodturning, was published by Fox Chapel Publ. in 2008.
David is the founding member of the American Association of Woodturners, of which he was president from 1986-1991, and its first Honorary Lifetime Member. He has written over fifty articles on subjects related to craft and woodturning and has operated the Ellsworth School of Woodturning at his home and studio in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania until he recently moved to North Carolina. His works have been included in the permanent collections of forty-three museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
He has taught workshops throughout the world and has received fellowship grants from the National Endowment of Arts, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the PEW Foundation. In 2009 he was elected the “Master of the Medium” by the James A. Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He is a Honorary Lifetime Member of the Collectors of Wood Art, and a Fellow and a former Trustee of the American Craft Council.
David’s Friday presentation (May 21st @ 6:45)
For the Friday evening talk David will talk about his history, experience, and highlight some of his work.
More information about David is available at the following website: https://ellsworthstudios.com/
The Zoom link for the Friday meeting will be sent to members via email.
David will also be demonstrating on Thursday night to the Finger Lakes Woodturners. All RWS members will receive an email inviting them to this meeting as well. David will demo how to turn a hollow vessel. Don’t miss it!
Our Friday meetings and lectures will begin at 6:45 this year. Guest presentations will begin around 7:00pm.
More general information about the nature and format of our meetings and lectures (at normal times) is available here.