Derek Weidman has been pushing the limits of the lathe and the woodturning field since 2008 and has been a wood sculptor since 2003. His multi-axis work has been considered groundbreaking. Many of his sculptures have left observers shaking their heads at how it was made and overwhelmed when they find that his work was created almost exclusively on a lathe. In demonstrations he asked the audience for an animal to turn, and then with no planning turns that animal’s likeness on the spot. He has in effect created an entire visual language that can capture any subject through the circular cut woodturning provides.

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We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!