Dale Nish (1932 - 2013) Wormy Ash Footed Vessel
Dale Nish (1932 - 2013) was a widely recognized woodturner and teacher with a passion for working green wood and naturally disfigured stock. He lived and worked in Provo, Utah.
Nish taught and practiced wood turning for more than 30 years, 28 of them at Brigham Young University. He also authored four influential books.
Among those titles was “Artistic Woodturning” in which he argued forcefully for turning with green wood and “flawed” stock and questioned using the term “defects” to describe natural features in wood such as worm and borer holes and spalting.
“To fully appreciate nature’s designs, we need to change our thinking about wood,” he wrote, adding that turners should seek out stock made uniquely beautiful by these natural process. And, for that, he urged them to avoid the lumberyard in favor of what was growing around them.
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