RIP David

Sadly, David passed away on Sunday May the 22nd 2022 after a long illness. He died at his home in Hartland, with his wife Pat by his side. We will continue to run a shop on David’s website so people can continue to benefit from David’s great knowledge of fine furniture making, and of course tool sharpening and tuning, which David had a well deserved reputation for being a master in.

12 Responses to "RIP David"

  1. My condolences to his family. Such an amazing woodworker that shared his knowledge and craft generously.

  2. So sorry to hear this very sad news, I knew David had not been well for a while but this is still a shock.
    My thoughts and prayers with the family at this difficult time.
    RIP David, you’ve left behind a world wide woodworking community who will deeply miss your wisdom, words and teachings

  3. His books and videos inspired me. His focus on perfecting his craft was truly astounding. He came across as a nice man too. God bless his soul.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear this. Although I never met David he taught me a great deal through his wonderful and educational videos. My condolences to his family.

  5. One of the few instructors who truly opened my eyes to what the craft means and the way it should be approached not only technically but philosophically – a position so lofty I bestow it upon only David and James Krenov. True artists with pure hearts. The kings of the craft.

    David never cut corners. Everything he did was in pursuit of perfection, the only way art should be pursued. A rare type indeed, among not only craftsmen but humans in general. He will be missed but his influence lives on, certainly at least in my work. Thanks for the inspiration, David. RIP.

  6. Very sorry to hear this sad news. David was a very nice fellow, and such a talented craftsman. We chatted over a cup of tea once in Hartland, way back in the 1980s. I remember he had just finished making a small box which was absolutrely beautiful.

  7. So sorry to hear this sad news. More than any other writer David’s books and DVD’s influenced and improved my amateur woodworking. His calm meticulous explanations allowed me to begin to master the basics. I shall treasure those signed books. My sincere condolences to his famIly in these sad days.
    Ross Cooper

  8. RIP David.
    My condolences to your family and may you Rest In Peace and live in Light.

  9. I am sad to learn of David’s passing and wish the very best for Pat and his family. He was a great teacher and I am fortunate to have been his student.

  10. Very sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was so kind to me and I learned a great deal from his wonderful DVD’s and books over many years. Thank You David! When I was having trouble understanding his marking gauge pin refinement he unexpectedly and kindly sent over a pin to me to see the finished pin first hand. He always answered my questions and was a true gentleman with a great sense of humour.

    My heart goes out to his family.


  11. So sorry to here about David’s passing. I spoke to him once for advice many years ago, he was only to happy to oblige. I always go back to his books which I admire for his attention to detail and knowledge. A great loss to furniture making.


  12. It has been a dream of mine for over 20 years to take a course with David. Though, now, I would have been content just to shake his hand.

    Though I never met him, he changed my life. I am eternally in his debt.

    My utmost respect and ensuring gratitude.

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