Author Archives: Dennis

‘Beer is proof that God loves us…

…and wants us to be happy.’  – Benjamin Frankin Dennis turned these three elegant tap handles at the request of some friends who make their own beer. All three feature captive rings at the base.  Two are from walnut, and the twisted one is sycamore.  For twistwork afficionados, this is a 4-start, graduated, and slightly […]

May Snow brings December birdhouse ornaments

Late snowstorms have broken lots of branches in the Pikes Peak Region.   Our native Gambel scrub oaks provided the natural edge roofs for a new crop of Christmas ornaments from Dennis.  The storms have kept him in the shop for an early start on the 2017 Christmas season. The base repeats the pattern of dark […]


   Dennis is making a new round of urns to restock the inventory.  In addition to the urn on the lathe, there are other groups of roughed-out vessels all over the shop–on the floor, in baskets, and upside down on the drying rack. The photo shows the arm brace and the 1″ diameter boring bar […]

Burial Urns now available for online orders

     The Mars Urn is an adult-sized burial urn with a threaded lid. The  broad pattern of the patination reminds us of Martian fantasies.  The urn is turned from Colorado pine, which you can still smell inside the urn. $375 includes shipping.    Buy it through Square:  

Upside-Down Saltshaker class at Woodcraft 10/31

Dennis will teach a class for turners of all skill levels on Saturday, October 31st, at the Colorado Springs Woodcraft store. Students will make one or more of the two-part salt shakers that continue to delight the public with the mystery of getting the salt in and out of a shaker with just one hole […]

A nice ride at the RollBikeArt show!

Dennis has been to see the Bike Art Show here in the Pikes Peak Region for at least five years.  This year, he made a bowl to commemorate the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs.  It is a clean hard maple with inlaid crushed stone in the shape of bicycle racers. This may be the first […]

Keepsake Urns

  In the Spring of 2014, Dennis purchased wet blocks of Ambrosia Maple while visiting woodturning friends near Atlanta.  He has carefully dried and hollowed a series of burial urns from this extraordinary wood.  The tops are threaded, so they stay on securely.     Most of these urns will be sold privately to folks who love […]

Remembering the world before zombies….

Snowmen turned from aspen with walnut top hats gather in the Liggett woodshop with those enigmatic smiles that we all remember from a more innocent time…. maybe the time of Calvin and Hobbes, when snowmen played a variety of roles in winter cartoon strips.     To about 9″ total height–call Dennis if you need one or […]

For love of the craft

Dennis turned tops late into the night at the Broadmoor’s Christmas House on November 29th.  Scott Longberry and Milo Scott took turns at the lathe, producing over 170 tops in two days at the outdoor Christmas celebration.  Children waited patiently in line, with their choice of felt markers for decorating the tops.  It was a […]

Dale Nish Egg Cup

This little egg cup was made by Dale during one of the Loveland Symposiums, in the vendor booth for Craft Supplies.  He probably learned this shape on the many trips he made to England in his quest to preserve the craft of woodturning.  For such a towering presence in North American woodturning, Dale was a […]