Allen Davis, Woodworker
Out of his Winchester Woodworks studio in Waynesville, North Carolina, Allen creates food safe bowls, salad tongs, platters, cheese trays, cutting boards and bottle stoppers to protect opened wines and oils. He also makes desk tools, pens and boxes and oil candles.
Allen’s current work involves incorporating many wood species to create segmented pieces that lend complexity with balance and symmetry.
I believe that art can be, and should be, combined with functionality. My work has value for my buyers because I focus on function. Creating artful one-of-a-kind items from natures’ bounty with a utilitarian purpose seems to be the best of both worlds– practical, yet beautiful works of art.
With that in mind, I make food safe bowls and salad tongs, platters for use as chip and dip trays, burl slices for use as cheese trays, cutting boards and bottle stoppers to protect opened wines and oils. I also make desk tools, pens and boxes, ikebana to showcase a gardener’s blossoms, oil candles and vessel sinks for powder room or bar.
My segmented pieces have become my signature. When designing a precision-cut pattern, I like to incorporate as many wood species as possible to lend complexity with balance and symmetry. I am inspired by spalted patterns, a result of decomposing cell structure. This primitive effect on wood reveal unique designs that I use with modern materials and methods. I find it very satisfying that 80% of my wood is recycled from waste bins of other woodworkers.