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About Dave

About Dave

Dave Schweitzer was born in Midland, Michigan and has resided in the Pacific Northwest since 1962.  Dave and his wife Lu now reside near Hartstine Island where they enjoy spending time with their children, grandchildren and entertaining their friends.

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Dave retired from Operating Engineers, he was a diesel mechanic, welder and fabricator for 40 years.  Dave spends some of his retirement hours tending his oyster and clam beds and spoiling his cat.  Dave was looking for an art medium now that he was retired,  having worked with metal most of his adult life he considered metal sculpture but felt wood was a much softer medium, readily available considering the area in which he lives.  Like many woodturners Dave started out working in his garage.  He now turns in a large studio, approximately 3300 sq ft. on the shores of South Puget Sound.

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Dave has taken his talents, fabricated his own lathe and tools which he uses on his turnings.  he does one of a kind pieces as no two pieces of wood are the same.  He shows particular attention to form, detail and finishes which best show the fine grain and beauty of the natural woods.

Dave is a member in good standing with the American Association of Woodturners.  He is affiliated with the Olympic Peninsula Chapter and the South Puget Sound Chapter.  Dave has demonstrated throughout the Pacific Northwest and has been acknowledged in several publications.


2009    "Restful Places" American Assoc of Woodturners, Gallery of Wood Art,  St Paul, MN 
2008    "Woodturning On The Edge"  Pritchard Gallery, Moscow, ID 
2008    "The Mask Show"  Simon Edwards Gallery,  Yakima, WA 
2008    "Eighth Contemporary Wood Invitational"  American Art Company, Tacoma, WA 
2008    "The Box Show"  Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA 
2008    "Functional & Form Art That Works"  The Gallery at Bainbridge,  Bainbridge Island, WA

Award Winning Exhibitions

2007     2nd Place    "The Box Show"  Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA


2011 - AAW 25th Anniversary Symposium, MN 
2010 - Utah Woodturning Symposium 
2010 - Conducted Woodturning Seminars US & Canada 
2009 - Conducted Woodturning Seminars US & Canada


Dec 2010 - American Woodturner Magazine  Pages 41-43 
Winter 2006
 - Woodturning Design Magazine    Pages 33-36 
Fall - 2005 - Woodturning Design Magazine    Pages 41-43 
Spring-2005 - American Woodturner Magazine   Front Cover Photo, Page 40 

Participating Galleries

Childhoods End Gallery               Olympia, WA 
The American Art Company      Tacoma, WA 
The Gallery                                  Bainbridge Island, WA 
Simon Edwards Gallery                Yakima, WA 
NW Gallery of Fine Woodworking  Seattle, WA 
The Real Mother Goose                 Portland, OR

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