Hand turned urn

Wood turned urn with hand-turned threads and stopper

Hand-turned alder goblets

Hand-turned alder goblets with bark lip

Don Wattenhofer, woodturning master, is bringing his mini-studio to the Watermark’s south lawn Saturday, August 10 from 10am to 2pm.  Wattenhofer is known for highlighting the natural imperfections and bark edges of his wooden hand-turned sculptures.

The character of the wood grain glows when light passes through the impossibly thin walls of some of his masterpieces, and he uses resinous inlays made from turquoise, pipestone, and azurite mineral powders on the more sturdy pieces.

As our featured artist for August 2019, Shop 505 is displaying Wattenhofer’s collection of toys, fiber art tools, tankards, urns, bowls and goblets for the entire month.



Don Wattenhoffer grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He moved to the lakes area in 2006 and helped form the Minnesota Lakes Woodturning chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. He has been a long time member of both the Minnesota Woodturners Association, the MinnesotaWoodworkers Guild and winner of the “Best Turning Award” at the 2003 Northern Woods Exhibition woodworking show and competition in Edina, Minnesota.


Artist Statement

I grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and lived in the metro area until 2006. In 2006 I moved into my new home in the lakes area of west central Minnesota and proceeded to finish my home. In the summer of 2007 I broke ground for a new shop and by January 2008 the shop was heated and I was able to start organizing my equipment.

hand turned bowl with inlay

I have been exposed to woodwork all of my life starting in high school (class of 1962) and have completed several projects in cabinetry, furniture and woodturning. The furniture, cabinetry and architectural turning projects were either for myself or were commissions obtained primarily by word of mouth. The decorative turning projects have since about 1990 been on consignment sale at Davlins, Xylos gallery, various art shows and currently in stores in the lakes area. The architectural projects have involved making replacement balusters and newel posts for stairway restoration in older homes or custom parts for new installations.

I honed my skills by attending turning demonstrations, watching videos, attending AAW Symposiums and reading articles on turning.

I was a member of the Minnesota Woodturners Association from 1989 thru 2006 served two terms as president and two terms as Vice President. I was a member of the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild and served on the Northern Woods Committee. The “Northern Woods Exhibition” is a yearly show held at South Dale Mall in Edina, MN with many award categories for wood work including “Best Turning”, which I won in 2003.

In January of 2007 I helped form the “MN Lakes Woodturning” Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners and became the treasurer and in charge of memberships. In 2008 I joined the MinnDak Woodturners, which is based in Moorhead MN, and serves west central MN and eastern ND.

My interests lie in both the artistic and technical aspects of working wood to bring out the beauty of the wood in a pleasing form.

I have demonstrated for other AAW chapters, the “Northern Woods Exhibition” and in various stores selling my pieces.

Don Wattenhofer