Derek Weidman, born in 1982, lives in rural Pennsylvania a bit outside the city of Philadelphia. Initially studying philosophy in college, but a born artist, he chose to follow in the path of his father who was a bird carver.

When he began turning in 2003 he has approached the lathe as a sculptor, primarily exploring and pushing the boundaries of multi-axis turning. His main effort was trying to create a visually descriptive and versatile language born out of the arcing and circular cuts of a lathe, and has spent well over a decade now building up a vocabulary of shapes and cuts. At the heart of many of his works he treats the lathe almost as an unusual camera, with every subject passing through its lens adding to a visually novel circular zoo of animals.

A simple question, what would each animal look like through the lens of a lathe?  With the question in mind the shaping begins and even with the most rigorous naturalism, an honest abstraction takes place, and for each new subject that question gets answered. So from human heads to rhinos, mandrills to birds, each idea being captured in a way it has not been expressed before.

We’re not exactly sure what Dereck is going to do, but here are some possibilities:

Turn Any Multi-Axis Animal

The audience can pick any animal they can think of, and after a consensus on most desired animal to be witnessed being created is made, I go about using the lathe to carve an animal on the fly, with almost pure multi-axis processes, and a few cuts of an arbortech!

Wild Card – The artist’s lathe

For this demo you can expext things that I can confidently say you just haven’t seen before, there are a number of ways this demo can go, but be assured it is not your average demonstration!

Turn a Human Head

Here we will use the lathe to create a human bust, if you are looking for something different to turn, then look no farther for a new challenge! Due to the difficulty of this turning, there are some tips and tricks to sculpting on the lathe that I go over in this demo, that primarily focus on prepwork before you start turning.

Swimming fish and flying birds, decorating vessels

A process by using more traditional turning to assist in adding novel decorations to bowls or vessels. Expect some pyrography and power carving to end the demo.  This demo uses traditional turned elements that are single axis but still sculpturally minded.

Turn Any Colorado Animal

We will limit it slightly to local fauna but if you want to see how to turn a big horn sheep or the other wonderful local wildlife this demo will meet your sculptural/turning needs.