Don Leman, Wood Artist

Columbus, Ohio

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Announcement    Decorative arts and functional items from the wood lathe, by award-winning Don Leman. View full GALLERY at


Last updated on Oct 19, 2016

Decorative arts and functional items from the wood lathe, by award-winning Don Leman. View full GALLERY at



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From industrial design, to antique clock restoration, to a continued appreciation for beautiful woods, Don Leman excels with his drive for precision.

I set aside at an early age my dad’s entreaties for me to become a farmer – getting up at 4:30 a.m. to milk cows didn’t seem particularly appealing to a 10-year-old. Instead, my fascination lay with form and function, a passion that I pursued with a degree in industrial design at a time when industrial design had yet to be fully defined.

It was the dawn of post-War consumerism, with the invention of remote controls, telephone answering machines, videotape recorders, power steering, still cameras with built-in flash units, and hovercrafts. Between trips to the hot new hamburger joint in town – McDonald’s – youngsters were passing their time with new-to-the-market Play-Doh, Barbie dolls, and Slinkys.

I, instead, was admiring the accomplishments of Raymond Loewy, the Father of Industrial Design, whose remarkable career spanning six decades prompted the Smithsonian Institution to run a four-month exhibition in his honor.

Thus my early work at Sunbeam and Ampex, which brought my own accolades with national design awards and a few patents, now expired. But times, they were a-changin’ – seasoned designers were being passed over for cheaper-pay young bucks with something to prove.

I had an opportunity to strike out on my own with a custom frame gallery that later morphed into an antique clock restoration business. Well, that’s a whole ’nuther story, but here, again, capturing my fancy were the precision of working in thousandths, the wide variety of clockwork and case designs, and woods that had withstood decades of service.

It is from this background that one day I put tool to lathe, soon needing – yet again – the challenge of the patience and precision required of my early days. It’s no surprise that Dale Nish’s Ray Allen book “did it” for me, and I’ve been fascinated with segmenting since.

In all things, one remains constant – 4:30 a.m. is STILL too early!

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Last updated on October 19, 2016
Welcome to my WoodArtist store. Although relatively new to Etsy, I have been creating as far back as I can remember. Trained as an industrial designer, I won numerous design awards while working for Sunbeam and Ampex. My next career utilized my creativity as a custom picture framer and antique clock restorer. Now in my third career, as a Wood Artist, I continue to bring those artistic talents and desire for precision to my current work.

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My items are handmade, one-of-a-kind. I provide multiple photos of each piece and am happy to provide more, when requested. Please consider all sales final. I am pretty reasonable to work with so, if any misunderstanding arises, please convo me for resolution before you take it public.
I accept PayPal and credit cards through Etsy's direct check-out. Shipment is made within 1-2 business days after payment has cleared. We are closed on holidays and weekends.
I pack carefully to help ensure a successful delivery. I ship via USPS with delivery confirmation and without insurance, within 1-2 business cays after payment has cleared. While the tracking number can provide a general idea of where your package is, it doesn't always reflect its status. Please convo me in advance with any inquiries. Note that Etsy offers USPS and FedEx shipping, and we will explore the best option for you. If that turns out to be FedEx, we will notify you in advance for approval.

If a package arrives damaged, please send me images to confirm that damage. We will take the necessary measures to address the issue with the post office, but please note that we are not responsible for a package that was mishandled during shipment.

We will confirm your address before shipping and will ship to the published address on your account.