15832 Berlin Turnpike Purcellville, VA 20132
Catoctin Region, Stop #10
I have always loved woodworking. Like most folks, I started out doing home repairs, replacing window trim and building cabinets. For the fun of it, I signed up for an introductory woodturning class at Highland Hardware in Atlanta, Georgia, and was immediately bitten by the woodturning bug. I like to turn wooden boxes, platters, bowls and utilitarian items such as stools, pens, pepper mills, and bottle stoppers. Because Virginia has such a wide variety of soft and hardwoods like maple, walnut, cherry and sycamore, I never have to purchase harvested or processed wood for my work. Through a network of friends and professionals, I obtain all of my wood from the waste generated by local home owners and commercial operations.
I focus on creating utilitarian pieces that showcase the natural beauty of wood. The art of woodturning compels me to develop new forms and styles. Each day, I look forward to the challenges and rewards of woodturning. And to enrich my creativity, I welcome every opportunity to collaborate with artists outside the world of woodturning.
Denis Delehanty has studied with many of the best known turners in the US and Europe including Jimmy Clewes, Nick Cook, Tom Wirsing, Nick Agar and Stewart Mortimer. From 2013 through 2016, he served as a Board member for the American Association of Woodturners, a world wide organization serving fifteen thousand members and three hundred and fifty affiliated national and international chapters. This experience gave him the opportunity to meet and become friends with many woodturning enthusiasts and professionals. He continues to lead initiatives to better serve woodturning teachers and Art and Craft centers, encouraging them to include woodturning in their curriculum.
Moving to Loudoun County in 2013 gave Delehanty the opportunity to build a woodworking shop of his own. Two years in the making, the shop now accommodates an instructor and eight students, each with their own woodturning stations. In addition to teaching his own students, the shop is also used by two of the local woodturning clubs for hands-on classes.
Offering on tour: Pepper mills, bowls, platters, stools, pizza cutters, coffee scoops, pens, citrus juicers, wizard wands, finials, and boxes. Woodturning demos.
Directions to D2 Woodturning:
From Route 7 (Harry Byrd Highway) take Purcellville Route 287 exit. Head north on Route 287 (Berlin Turnpike), studio is on the right. If you reach Route 9 you have gone too far.