Metamorphosis by David J. Marks

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posted December 2, 2019

My 68th birthday was October 25th and I decided to give myself a gift. The gift was to give myself the time I needed to create a vessel from this gnarly piece of Buckeye Burl that I had purchased well over a decade and a half ago but I hadn’t had the time to create anything …


Veneer Work: Progress Report on Ocean Sculpture

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by David J. Marks
posted August 1, 2019

I last shared with you my progress on the “Ocean” Wall Sculpture commission in the April 2019  newsletter.

On this commission I made the huge leap to attempting to veneer on a dome, which means all of the veneer is getting glued and pressed onto compound curves!

Working on flat surfaces requires …



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by David J. Marks
posted June 30,2016


In December of 2014 my friend Rik Lawrence, a furniture maker from nearby Sonoma (check out Red Cloud Furniture), called to offer to sell me a Big Leaf Maple tree which blew over in a storm on his property.


I saw this as an opportunity to get some large pieces of Maple for …


Bandsawing Rare Quilted Mahogany

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 posted May 21, 2015

An old friend of David’s called him the other day and asked him if he could fit some resawing into his schedule. David had resawed some of James’ quilted mahogany 10 years ago for furniture projects that James was making.  They discussed the various options.

David could use his 36 inch bandsaw set up with a …


My Adventure at Burning Man

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Posted by David Marks  Oct. 30,2014

Burning Man is an annual week-long festival, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance, held at the end of August in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. This summer, I had the pleasure to work with artist David Best on the construction of the Temple of Grace, envisioned as a spiritual and sacred space.

photo 3Here I …


Impressive Customer Review of WoodWorks Season 5 DVD

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Posted October 20, 2014

We recently received a very impressive customer review of our WoodWorks Season 5 DVD.  His feedback gives a great overview of the DVD and of what he feels our DVD offers to fellow woodworkers.  He starts off comparing WoodWorks Season 5 DVD to our Marquetry & Inlay DVD.

From Gary Bell, Kansas:

I must say that …

Furniture Making

WoodWorks Pieces on Display

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Posted September 9, 2014


David will have 4 pieces that he created for his television show WoodWorks on display at the Big Ideas 1950 – 1970: influences in modern ceramics show at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on
September 11 – October 25, 2014.


In addition, David and his fellow Bench Doggs will be performing at the opening reception

Turned Bowl with Ebony Rim

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Posted by  David J. Marks August 30, 2014

Unlike most turners who prefer to turn green wood (freshly cut wood that is still wet) I prefer to turn dry wood.  One reason is that I have collected a lot of highly figured and unusual wood during my thirty plus years of woodworking, most of which is dry now even if …

Bentwood Lamination

Recommendation for Vacuum Press for Bentwood Laminations

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Recently a client who purchased WoodWorks Season 5 DVD  and is working on building the Contemporary Dining Chair (episode 507) emailed David about his recommendations for a vacuum press.  This project involves bentwood lamination for the curved chair back.  The vacuum press is necessary for the glue up of the numerous laminates.

What vacuum press make/model does David recommend I


Desert Woodturning Roundup Mesa, AZ 2013

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Last weekend I demonstrated at the Desert Woodturning Roundup in Mesa, Arizona. I had 6 rotations, 2 on combining metal with wood, 2 on gilding turned vessels and 2 on creating patinas on vessels.

There was a great line up of Demonstrators :

J. Paul Fennel who lives in Scottsdale and does some amazing pierced and carved hollow vessels.

Richard …


Student Cuts Dovetails on the Bandsaw

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I had a student in mid November 2012 that traveled from North Carolina to take a  5 day private class with me.  One of the things she was interested in learning was my method of cutting dovetails using the bandsaw and getting that “hand cut” look.

She had been taught by a Master Craftsman from the UK to use a …

Guitar making

Sebastopol Guitar Festival

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Woodworking is about passion and guitar making is a form of that passion. Woodworking is challenging enough but building a guitar requires making something out of wood that not only looks good but also sounds good.

Kevin Russell is a musician and show promoter who lives in Seabastopol Calif. Kevin is so passionate about guitars that he decided to stage …

Double Bevel Marquetry

Working Out the Bugs

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The good folks at Popular Woodworking magazine invited me to do some demonstrations at the Woodworking in America show in Pasadena last October.

One of my demos was on double bevel marquetry so I decided to make a small sample of something to show the people in my class.

I decided to try and make a “bug”.


Yellow heart made …



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Woodcraft In Spokane Washington

Posted on February 28, 2013
David will be teaching two all-day hands-on classes on May 18 & 19, 2013 at the Woodcraft of Spokane, Washington. Details on the classes page.


Wood Whisperer Review Of Double Bevel Marquetry DVD

Posted on January 22, 2013
Marc Spagnuolo of the Wood Whisperer just posted a great review