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Dave Kerley

David has lived in West Michigan most of his life. He and his wife Kathy have a total of 8 children and as many grandchildren. He has worked as mechanical designer in the office furniture, aerospace, and military vehicle industries industry since the early eighties.

He enjoys woodworking and especially woodturning. He’s been a woodworker since his teens but picked up woodturning about eight years ago and has been hooked ever since.

He uses locally grown woods that are usually obtained from storm or pest damage. He likes to use clear finishes to bring out the wood’s natural beauty, but occasionally will use other finishes and technics to embellish a piece.

He incorporates several types of medium in his works, pine needle basketry, pyrography, encaustic paint, rope work, etc.  He enjoys exploring new possibilities, but always tries to leave some element of the natural wood as the focal point of his work.

He is a proud member of two woodturning clubs: West Michigan Woodturners of Kalamazoo and Grand River Woodturners Guild in Grand Rapids.

He has participated in several exhibits at The Gallery Uptown in Grand Haven, MI, LowellArts in Lowell, MI, Carnegie Center for the Arts in Three Rivers, MI, and a recent exhibit at NCCA-Artsplace in Fremont, MI.

David was the winner of the Ron denBroeder Memorial Woodturning award in the 2021 Grand Rapids FOA Regional Arts Exhibition and has participated in the Regional Arts Exhibition for the last 3 years.

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