Consisting of a natural material altered through a technological process (plywood), David's work explores the relationship between organic form and technology. His forms are inspired by nature and attempt to create integrity of material/method/form as a language of expression.

Sketches, contour drawings and half-completed sculptures on a work table.


Starting from sketches, David produces full-scale contour drawings outlining each shaped piece needed to build the form. These are traced onto plywood, cut out and laminated to produce the rough sculpture using white wood glue. The surface is then carefully ground, sanded smooth and given a satin polyurethane finish.

David Engdahl applies a clamp to a laminated wood sculpture he's working on.


Sketching an idea

Creating full-scale contour drawings

Gluing the shaped pieces

Sanding the rough sculpture

Sanding the sculpture smooth

Applying the finish