Daryl Rickard's journey as a woodturner started as he watched his dad in his home shop. The sounds and feels of his dad's shop set the foundation for his own expression in wood. His first exposure to the lathe was in eighth grade shop class during a time when the lathe was used primarily to produce utilitarian pieces for furniture. He bought his first lathe in the early nineties. With that first lathe, the lure of turning a raw log into art became an addiction. The sensual nature of wood with its smell, feel and visual appeal of grain, color, and imperfections offers Daryl the outlet for his creative bent.
With the beginning of the American Woodturners Association thirty years ago, lathing has exploded as an art form. Because of that popularity, Daryl has benefited from local turning clubs and national symposiums sponsored by the AAW throughout the country. He has had the privilege to meet many of the best turners in the world and watch their demos. They have all had their influence on his work. Daryl is currently a member of the AAW and the Georgia Association of Woodturners.
Daryl's pieces evolve over time. Since he generally starts with green wood, each piece is a compilation of years of turning, drying, and turning again. He primarily uses native hardwoods, combining woodturning with carving, woodburning, texturing, and painting to create his art. He loves the dynamic nature of wood. The moving and changing of each piece of wood contributes to the final work. Each piece of wood in its raw form speaks to the creation within, making each of his works unique.
Daryl has had his work in various galleries throughout the metro Atlanta area and now shows through The Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour in Fayette County and the Magnolia Arts Festival in Peachtree City, where he won Best of Show in 2016. He has participated over the last several years in the woodturning competition at the Georgia National Fair and has had the privilege of winning Best of Show twice.
Daryl resides with his wife , Darby, in Peachtree City, Georgia, where he is a retired veterinarian.
During the studio tour
-I will be turning on the lathe
-Demonstrating my burning and carving methods
-Discussing my creative process
-Answering all questions
-My current work will be on display and for sale.
1401 Pennfair Drive, Peachtree City, GA 30269
Directions to Daryl Rickard's studio at 1401 Pennfair Dr., Peachtree City, Georgia:
Turn south on to Robinson Rd. from highway 54 in Peachtree City. Go approximately 1 mile to Montclair Dr. at the entrance to Avalon Park subdivision. Turn left and go to Pennfair Dr. on the left. My studio is at the corner of Montclair Dr. and Pennfair Dr.