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Blair Davis

Wood Turned Art

About Blair

October 19th, 2006

Blair Davis graduated from OSU in aeronautical engineering and earned a second degree in science education. But one summer of cabinetmaking turned him to the science and engineering possibilities of wood.

His pieces begin with the sound of a landscaper’s chainsaw or the sight of a felled tree after a storm. Ohioans live in the midst of hardwood heaven and he likes to see it put to good use. After 30 years as a cabinetmaker, Blair decided to concentrate on turning vessels out of native maple, walnut, cherry, oak and elm trees.

The process begins soon after a tree is downed. With a practiced eye, Blair selects the most interesting pieces. The wood is “chucked up” on the lathe and a general shape is turned. Forming the bowl is an artistic, physical, and sometimes dangerous process. Cracks emerge, bugs appear, rot happens. Potential peices sometimes end up sawdust and firewood.

Each rough-turned piece is weighed and numbered. Blair reweighs the pieces monthly, waiting until the moisture slowly evaporates and the weight stabilizes. If the piece survives drying, it is remounted on the lathe for the final turning, sanding and finishing. A great deal of the composition is left to chance because Blair never knows what beautiful patterns might emerge during turning.

These bowls are both decorative and practical. They are safe for serving food. Particularly oily or moist food may change the color of the wood if left for a long time in the vessel. Limit the exposure to liquids. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth.

See his YouTube turning video here.

Blair Davis
1 Hartford Court
Worthington, OH 43085



  • Lnda c. Claflin says on: March 27, 2014 at 8:21 am


    Hi! Stumbled onto your YouTube demonstration and loved it. So happy there are more. Going for a five day workshop at Center for Furniture making in rock port , ME to turn in June and I’m dong some homework .
    Thanks for actually showing how to mount and start to get a hunk of wood into round. To be continued…:) Linda cc

  • Fred cox says on: April 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm


    Very informative. My lathe will only do 12inch diameter. Wish I had one like yours!

  • Tony Gammon says on: October 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm


    Huge piece of turning,was mesmerised by the project, but where is volume 3. I must see the finished product before I die !!!!!!!. The piece must still be turning by the size of it. Blair could be up to his neck in shavings by now ?

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Blair Davis

Wood Turned Art

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