One good turn deserves another.
That’s a mantra that Dave Swiger, of Contentment Turnings near Jefferson, literally lives by in his avocation turned vocation of being an artisan woodturner.
Swiger retired from being a naval combat systems engineer in 2004 and turned to woodworking at the suggestion of his wife. He had fond memories of shop class in seventh grade and the wood-turned lamp he made there.
He started out making custom woodworking benches for other woodworkers in 2004. The benches became so popular that Swiger says they can now be found in woodworking shops all over the country. He made them on a commission basis. When he found the demand and deadlines too arduous, he limited himself to being a woodturner in 2010.
You can see Swiger’s pieces and him at work Saturday and Sunday as part of the annual Valley Craft Network Studio Tour that features 15 artisans and 12 studios in Frederick and Washington counties. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. His studio is at 3712 Poffenberger Road just outside Jefferson. For more information on the tour, visit www.valleycraftnetwork.org.
For more information about Swiger, you can go to www.contentmentturnings.com. Swiger is also the president of the Mid-Maryland Woodturners Club. The club started in 2000 with eight members and now has about 100 members. For more information about the club, go to www.mmwtc.org.