Dave Brown is a gifted woodworker. What started as a hobby for him has become a true “labor of love”. Dave says “I was a Systems Engineer for most of my career, spending all day on the computer reading reports, writing reports, writing briefings and doing research. I wanted a hobby that was completely different from what I was doing all day.”
About 8 years ago, Dave started with woodworking, making wooden toys for his grandsons (up to 5 now). Little by little the product line expanded as he saw new things he wanted to try to make. “Turning wooden pens, bowls, wine bottle stoppers, handles for bottle openers, ice cream scoops, letter openers – the list grew as I looked for a little variety and a new challenge. But I still make a lot of toys. I also do a little carving, making Christmas ornaments and baby rattles”.
Dave, a native New Englander, moved to Arizona by way of Long Island, NY and Los Angeles, in 2012. “I moved here when I retired to be in a more pleasant place.” Retirement was also the opportunity to turn a hobby into a full-time job.
Since moving to Arizona, Dave makes many items from local woods. “Mesquite, pistachio, eucalyptus and manzanita all grow in Cochise County and all are beautiful woods when finished. Mesquite especially has a mystique about it and is a particularly beautiful look. I will also do custom orders with a customer’s own wood. There is something special about an item made from wood that grew in your own yard”.
As inventory grew, Dave started selling items at Farmers’ Markets, gift and craft shows and the Tombstone Association of the Arts gallery. “I gave things to relatives and friends and I still had a closet full of items. I had to start selling to make room for more projects. It was very gratifying to find out that people thought my work was good enough to spend money on.” Everything is made in Dave’s Whetstone shop. While some power tools are used, most of the work is done by hand.
There are still some lovely and unique Christmas items in the Gallery, along with all our best sellers. We had a “bang up” 2016 and plan on 2017 being even better! Come join us at 383 Allen St. in Tombstone, open daily 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. You may call 520-457-2380 for more information or find us at tombstoneartgallery.com.
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