Showcasing the Arts

Sept./Oct. 2016 Featured Artist:
Wyatt Daglã Severs


Wyatt Daglã SeversWyatt Daglã Severs considers woodworking to be a collaboration between the tree, modern tools and himself.

Wyatt Daglã Severs grew up playing in the woods and creek beds of southern Illinois and at the age of 8 moved to Murray, Ky. He studied art at Murray State University while working as a teacher’s assistant and shop technician in wood. Severs has also studied and worked at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, N.J., Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colo., Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C., Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tenn. and John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. He has participated in residencies at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts.

Severs has taught woodworking at Arrowmont, Penland and the Appalachian Center for Crafts as well as at his local art guild and through the VSA Side-By-Side program. He is a member of the Furniture Society, the American Association of Woodturners, the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Directory and the arts council’s new program Showcasing the Arts. Severs has had his work published in 500 Cabinets by Larks Books and Woodworking magazine and was the sole recipient of the Kentucky Arts Council Emerging Artist Award in fiscal year 2016.

Severs continues his woodworking at his studio in Murray, where he also teaches. This fall he will be assisting Dan Essig at Penland School of Crafts with the Fall Concentration wood workshop. He is also currently renovating an industrial building in western Kentucky to house an educational center, focusing on the arts, history and science. When completed, this center will provide educational programs to children and adults.

Artist’s statement

Woodworking to me is collaboration between the tree, modern tools and myself. There is a spirit alive and well in this trait as it has been passed down through countless generations and civilizations. There has been a great history of human accomplishment, failure, passion and belief documented in wood.

The thing that intrigues me the most about wood is the way every tree is different and how it documents its experiences throughout its life. I am honored to have the privilege to use such a plant. My woodwork is representative of me as being aware of all the small things in life that create and make up the whole.

My goal with every piece is to enhance the wood’s own natural beauty into a form that serves a function and is aesthetically pleasing. In my construction I enjoy fabricating many jigs to apply the versatility and endless capabilities of the machines. My most valued technique is the understanding that tools are simple functions and can easily be manipulated safely in many ways. If bolting the table saw to the ceiling works for you, good luck and wear your goggles.

Wyatt Daglã Severs
Murray, Ky.


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