Dave Rife is a USAF veteran, who served from 1983 to 1991, which included Operation Urgent Fury and Operation Desert Storm. He began turning wood in 2016 as a form of meditation and as therapy for PTSD. He began, as many new turners do, turning functional forms for everyday life and use. In a relatively short time, Rife’s pursuit of the craft had snowballed into art and obsession. Dave is captivated by the process of turning lumber into form! “Turning brings a quietness to the mind, and a 'centered-ness', a peaceful focus that keeps me in the ‘now’, and brings a feeling of accomplishment and purpose that isn't quite matched by any other opportunity in my life. Turning has also helped me communicate with fellow veterans and other human beings, and it is my intention to teach the benefits of turning as therapy, most especially to other veterans, but also to any whom would benefit.”
Rife primarily uses wood local to the area, collected from trees downed by storm, disease, arborists, homeowner tree removals, and the like.