Monthly featured Artist

Barbara Dill

“My interest is to experiment with the many forms that can be turned on a lathe between centers.”

Barbara Dill’s first experience with carving wood was in 1988 at a carving class in Richmond, VA, but wood became her passion in 1989 when she was able to retire from a 21-year career in nursing. She first studied woodturning in 1990 at Arrowmont with Michael Hosaluk, followed by time with Ray Key in ’91 and David Ellsworth in ’92. In 1998 she started teaching woodturning at the Hand Workshop in Richmond (now the Visual Arts Center, 1998-2006).

Fascinated with multi-axis turning, she turned her focus to it in 2006 to see if there was a way to sort out the confusion of this aspect of turning. If an obsession is to wake up with a new “what if” most mornings, then she is obsessed!

Barbara enjoys teaching and sharing. She made an instructional DVD which is on her YouTube channel, recently compiled a book loaded with drawings, photos and information and published articles in the American Woodturner. She was an Emerging Artist at the 2011 AAW National Symposium and has demonstrated at SWAT in Texas, the Appalachian Center for Craft, Arrowmont, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, AAW symposiums, as well as turning clubs in many states and in Canada. She wrote a book about multi-axis spindle turning that was published in the summer of 2018 and is available in bookstores and online (Amazon).

The WoW family is fortunate to have Barbara as a member and is pleased to honor her as the Artist of the Month for September 2019.

The World of Woodturners site (WoW) originated in November, 2001. At its start it was the only interactive site where woodturners could post photos and descriptions of their work and engage in discussion about their art. WoW members think of themselves as a family. They are artists who have become friends and who willingly share their talents and skills. This is a place where the novice freely mixes with the seasoned professional in an atmosphere of shared respect. No one is anonymous and everyone uses their own name. From this venue has arisen some incredible art, some of which can be seen in the public gallery. Enjoy this display of fine work. Access to the site itself is at no cost, by obtaining a membership invitation from an existing WoW family member or contacting site administration at Include your name and a brief description of your woodturning experience in the message.

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