David Hayes is a Southwest Virginia native, Air Force Veteran, and retired Southwest Virginia Community College Associate Professor of Diesel Technology/Mine Machinery Maintenance.
When art starts as a hobby the love and integrity of the work shows through. In 2006 he and a friend purchased a sawmill. He began milling wood for personal use, then on to making furniture and trim work for his home. Using the lathe was natural to the evolution of his work and helped him create decorative functional pieces using a variety of his milled woods.
Complex patterns and elegant finishes show how much he enjoys the process from the milling to the creating what he visualizes.