4564 South Hook
4564 South Hook
Offer Works for Sale
Education presentations to schools
I am retired from
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.
All works are reasonably priced
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Dave Gahimer has been involved in
wood working since childhood.
Raised in south east central Indiana’s Shelby county, in the small
community of Blue Ridge, Dave was beside his father, Virgil Gahimer
as he made furniture for their home. Dave took Waldron High school
shop under Jessie Maurice Trotter and built one of Trotter’s famous
Grandfather clocks as his senior project. Trotter patterned his
design after the Grandfather clock on the stair landing at the
Lenoir Mansion in Madison Indiana.
Dave continued woodworking and furniture making at the hobby shop on
the Submarine base, New London Ct. His fellow woodworker there was
also making furniture for his young family, a young Lt. by the name
of Jimmy Carter. After the Naval submarine service Dave had access
to the wood carpenter shop at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in
Terre Haute Indiana where he was on the staff of the Electrical
Engineering dept. He built many pieces that are on display across
the RHIT campus. The slat bench displayed on the “Body of Work” page
on www.parkecountyartisans.com website was co-designed with Hoosier
artist, and close and dear friend Omar “Salty” Seamon. Salty, while
known for his watercolors was also an accomplished woodworker. When
Dave & Dorothy, who was on the staff of the Indiana State University
Library in Terre Haute, built their home in rural Parke County, they
built a wood working shop into the design. Dave has built Roll top
Desks, tables, chairs, cabinetry, not to mention a 3500 sq. ft.
Geodesic Dome solar heated home.
My interest in wood ranges from managing our Classified hardwood
forest through timber harvest and saw milling to proper lumber
drying. Almost everything I make in my shop/studio was once growing
leaves on our property. Having been involved with engineering most
of my life, I enjoy the challenge of the design and procedure of
every project. My current primary interests are Artistic turning and
Early American furniture.
I have studied and admired the turning design of the Greeks and
Romans. My pieces tend to show elements that they learned were
pleasing to the eye thousands of years ago. I believe that the
beauty of a turned object starts with the form, and is drawn to the
color and figure of the wood. Although I turn traditional objects, I
like to include material other than wood, like brass, glass and
acrylic as it adds interest and eye appeal.
I like to study paintings by the past great masters. You might
notice that they quite often include turned objects, cups, goblets,
candle sticks and Urns. Close analysis will reveal that the
paintings disclose items that people used daily in the time that
they were painted. I believe that beautiful turned objects are
timeless, and are appreciated and loved today as they were 600 to
2000 years ago.