Hello! My name is David Strout and I love to make things out of wood. I am a passionate maker, and have always enjoyed the creativity, utility, and beauty that wood provides. There is something incredibly tactile and satisfying about woodwork, whether it is a bowl, a music stick, or a cribbage board. In all of my work, I try to let the wood showcase its own natural elegance - highlighting the grain and allowing the organic shape of the material to guide my crafting of it.
My fascination with this craft began in 2011 when I took an interest in turning wooden pens. Soon, I became more drawn to my father's wood shop as I learned of the endless possibilities that the space offered. I spent a good portion of my free time watching videos of other woodworkers, gaining new knowledge and building a reservoir of project ideas. Much of my skill is self-taught, and I am always finding new ways to grow as a craftsman.
I am a recent graduate of Brown University (class of '18) where I studied environmental engineering. While being at college meant being away from my father's shop, it didn't come without its advantages. I became heavily involved with the Brown Design Workshop, a student-run makerspace that allowed me to explore all manner of materials and techniques such as 3D printing and laser cutting.
I'm not sure what my next step is, or where my path will take me. All I know is that if I'm making, I'm happy.