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.