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AAW 1992 Honorary Lifetime Member: David Ellsworth
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AAW 1992 Honorary Lifetime Member: David Ellsworth


David Ellsworth began turning wood in junior high school in 1958. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art from the University of Colorado in 1973, he founded the woodworking program at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, CO. David opened his first private studio in Boulder, CO, in 1975, making production items and designing bent turning tools to produce the hollow vessels he is known for today. Once his work became recognized, he ceased production turning to seek new forms of expression in wood. By 1977, David’s almost totally enclosed exotic-wood vessels were redefining the shapes of classic woodturning. The early 1980s reflected David’s shift to native wood with natural faults, such as decay, which he used as decorative motifs. These pieces featured the extremely thin walls and personalized vessel designs that have become the hallmark of his life’s work. While operating his school of woodturning in Quakertown, PA, since 1990, David also produces specialized tools, videos, and lectures widely. He is the founding member and first president of the AAW.

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