David Shombert makes his home in Elkins. A woodturner for about 18 years, Dave specializes in segmented woodturning, in which the initial form of the turned piece is made of many segments of wood, allowing the use of several species and control of the grain orientation. His technique for this work was learned from Paul Weinberger, of Lewis County, who worked in the glass industry that once thrived in West Virginia, and the method of preparation is the same as that used by Paul and his father before him as mouldmakers and patternmakers.
In addition to segmented work, Dave creates other turned items, from simple bowls and vases to decorative and sculptural pieces. His work may be seen on his website, www.woodspunworkshop.com. Dave is also an old-time fiddler and occasional square dance caller.
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