R. David Kaylor | WOOD TURNER
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About David Kaylor
With a life-long interest in wood, David began woodturning in the early nineties. Since retiring as a religion professor at Davidson College in 1999, he has devoted more time to this passion.

He has attended workshops by Rude Osolnik and Liam O’Neill. He has studied with Darrell Rhudy of Raleigh, N.C., and at John C. Campbell Folk School with John Mascoll. A member of the American Association of Woodturners, he attended national symposia in 1998, 2000 and 2002. He has served on the board of directors and as President of North Carolina Woodturners.

David works at his studio in his home in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where he also mentors new turners.  He displays his work in the the Hickory Museum of Art, Wooden Stone in Davidson, Sourwood Gallery and Seven Sisters Gallery in Black Mountain, as well as in a gallery in his studio.

David served as a founding board member of the Icehouse Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Davidson. He holds membership in the Lake Norman Art League.

In turning bowls, vases and other hollow vessels , David seeks to reveal the natural character and beauty of wood. To do that he concentrates on simple forms and a natural-looking wood surface. He prefers to work with local North Carolina woods, especially from trees whose history he or his friends know.

David welcomes inquires and visits. He can be contacted at 102 Jeanie Ave, Black Mountain, N.C. 28711; or by email at dakaylor@bellsouth.net; or by telephone at 828-6697937.

“One of the remarkable things about wood is its self-expression. Whether as the handle of a tool, as a dead stump, or alive in a forest where every branch is a record of the winds that blew, it’s always telling something about itself. This is why man has an affinity with wood not only as a mere material, but as a kindred spirit to live with and to know.”

Eric Sloane
A Reverence for Wood
(New York: Wilfrid Funk, Inc,
1965), p. 72

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