Derek Weidman: Woodturning

Derek Weidman, born in 1982, lives in rural Pennsylvania a bit outside the city of Philadelphia. Initially studying philosophy in college, but a born artist, he choose to follow in the path of his father who was a bird carver. When he began turning in 2003 he has approached the lathe as a sculptor, primarily exploring and pushing the boundaries of multi-axis turning. His main effort was trying to create a visually descriptive and versatile language born out of the arcing and circular cuts of a lathe, and has spent well over a decade now building up a vocabulary of shapes and cuts. At the heart of many of his works he treats the lathe almost as an unusual camera, with every subject passing through its lens adding to a visually novel circular zoo of animals.

Like a modern Pennsylvanian shaman, with deep connections to nature Weidman volunteers as a wildlife rehabber, gaining an enormous amount of inspiration from working so closely with local fauna. There is a tension in Weidman's work and process where the organic meets the industrial, wood to metal, nature to machines, that speaks appropriately of our place as humans on Earth. Trying to find a suitable way to coexist harmoniously with nature, while still progressing as a species.


My Demonstration

This demonstration will explore some more extreme types of multi-axis turning. It will go over safe practices when making such work. Part of the emphasis of the multi-axiswork, is doing stupid and dangerous things in the smartest way possible.

The end result will be an interesting and novel representation of an animal, created through the unusual visual language of a wood lathe.