20 Minutes With David Nittmann

Monday 9 July 2018

1. You're probably best known for your basket-weave work and effects, what caused you to go down this particular route?

I had been separately using all the elements of the 'basket illusion' in various pieces at about the same time I saw Lincoln Seitzman's work and, with a bit of serendipity, it all fell together. It's hard for me to believe that was 20 years ago.

2. If you could invite anyone in the world to an afternoon of turning with you, who would it be, and why?

Anybody in the world implies someone alive so I would like to spend time with Hans Weissflog, but I would rather spend an afternoon with my Grandfather; he was a good woodworker and we haven't spoken for 50 years.

3. You've introduced airbrushing techniques into your work recently – what other developments do you foresee introducing, and what are you trying to achieve with your work at the moment?

There is so much potential for airbrushed work and I have so much to learn; colour theory will be my focus, but deep down in my reptilian brain I am flipping around some ideas about multiple image construction.

4. What is your current pet hate, and your like?

My pet hate is people who say they are 'bored,' I would like them to give me their time.

5. If you could change one thing relating to turning, what would it be, and why?

I would put woodturning back into the schools to give young people the experience of working with a very wonderful medium.

6. With regards to your career, what regrets do you have, if any?

I regret having to spend so much time sleeping.

7. Who are the turners you most admire, and why do you admire them?

Too Numerous. Lee Carter for 'œgetting me started;' Stoney Lamar for 'twisting my mind;' Cindy Drozda for 'precision' and 'support;' Stu Batty for 'teaching skill;' Bill Luce for 'perfection;' Mike Mahoney for 'marketing;' Jerry Bennett for 'imagination,' and Trent Bosch for 'commitment.' I can go on and on! Michael Peterson, Bonnie Klein, Mike Lee, David Ellsworth, Steve Sinner, Marilyn Campbell, Dale Nish, Dale Larson, Curt Theobald, Tom Wirsing, Keith Gotschall, the list goes on. Open the AAW membership directory to any page and I'll show you the name of a turner that I admire.

8. What book and what music are you into at the moment?

I am currently reading Chris Bergland, The Athlete's Way; I am into the hard driving beat of 'Techno' music.

9. The economic climate is tough at this time – what are your strategies for dealing with this?

I am staying focused on improving my skills and creating new pieces of work.

10. What do you think the future holds for turning?

The future of woodturning is a steady expansion of talented people and new ideas; we have only begun to use the lathe as a tool for artistic expression.