We have a theory: Dave Massman can personally manipulate the properties of linear time. The reason we think this is because it usually takes years to see the kind of progression that Watchman Woodworks has accomplished since we last saw Dave's work. His products have expanded, the designs have become more intricate, and the shapes/colors/inlays more varied. At this rate, Dave will be inventing an entirely new way to work with wood by 2016.
Name: Dave Massman
Business: Watchman Woodworks
Product: handmade wood goods
Location: Austin, tx
Astrological sign: sagittarius
What you had for breakfast: 2 eggs- scrambled. coffee to go.
Happy to have you back in the Feliz lineup this year - can you tell us what new things you've been making since we last saw you?
I’ve been focusing on some furniture pieces and small household items like tea trays, combs, ring boxes, and frames. I’ve also been experimenting with copper and different patina effects.
Your spoon designs are developing wonderfully, how are you coming up with new designs for them?
hanks! I’m still very interested in mixing wood and metals (brass/copper) and keep looking for new ways to accent different pieces. Most new ideas come randomly during a meal or while I’m teaching and hopefully make it onto a piece of paper. Still some designs end up getting thrown in the fire.
Can you walk us through what it takes to go from concept to creation?
Most things begin with pencil and paper. Sometimes with the smaller items, like spoons, I draw directly on the selected piece of wood and let the character of the piece dictate the shape. Larger items, like chairs or tables, begin with multiple sketches and ideas. There usually is a step where I force my wife to pretend to sit or eat from a mocked up version and then the piece is built using the desired materials.
What do you think people assume about your work that maybe isn't true?
ost people assume that I love doing this all of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I do, but sometimes I definitely get burned out working out in my shop at night and on weekends. It’s good for me to notice when I start feeling that way and step back from it all. Everyone has to have some balance and many of my favorite designs happen when I am excited to get back to work.
Your larger furniture pieces are looking good too - do you ever do commissioned work?Yes! Making furniture for our home sparked my interest in wood working. I’ve been dreaming up some new chair and table designs, and hope to make them happen soon. I enjoy doing commissioned work - it is really humbling and exciting for me to see friends enjoying a meal at a table I made.