Metamorphosis by David J. Marks

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

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 …


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

 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

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 …

WoodWorks Pieces on Display

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

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 …

Recommendation for Vacuum Press for Bentwood Laminations

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


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