I’ve not highlighted a woodturner for a little while, and it’s a technique I’m really fascinated by, so I’ve been on the hunt this morning to see what I can find in this area. Pennsylvania seems to be a real playground for individuals working in the medium of wood, so it was of little surprise to me that I landed upon the webpage of turner Andy DiPietro who’s based locally. When you consider famous craftsmen like Wharton Esherick and George Nakashima plied their trade not too far away, in fact the Nakashima studio is still going strong over in New Hope, it’s inevitable that future generations are going to cycle into such careers – or so you’d like to think!
I’ve always had a bit of a push-pull relationship with woodturning and the blog because it’s difficult to get your hands on the lifestyle type imagery that we like to highlight here, if I’m honest I don’t think a generic background does works like Andy’s justice. However, I can appreciate the fact that to create work that is this accomplished you have to spend years in the workshop refining the craft, and photography is perhaps the least of your worries. All this aside it’s quite evident to me that Andy is a real leader in his field, I’ve not come across too many works that have been given a natural dye like he has in the image above, I love that he’s trying different techniques to his peers.
The both of us really enjoyed learning about the lacquerware process yesterday through the short film Mark shared, and personally I’d love to see more documentation of making works like this, not just on our website but in general online. Although sometimes it can seem like we’re interested in topics that are considered above our age range we believe that the younger generations will subscribe to these ways of working if presented with the opportunity. Inevitably this is part of our end goal and hopefully through sharing Andy’s work today a few of you will take a look at what else and who else is making by turning on the lathe.
If you’re curious about the other projects going on in Pennsylvania and you’ve not read much on the Nakashima studio previously I’d recommend our recent interview with George’s daughter Mira, who now runs the New Hope based collective. In terms of handcrafted furniture the studio are the real pinnacle of what we’ve come across in our many years scouring the internet, like Andy’s webpage they are more than worth a moment of your time. Don’t just take my word for it though, head across via the link below and see what you think for yourself.