David Picciuto

David Picciuto

Woodworker, Photographer, Musician

December 10, 2012


David Picciuto is a man of many talents. Graphic designer by day, and photographer, musician and woodworker in his free time, he keeps a fairly busy schedule. We caught up with him about his latest projects and views on Toledo's cultural scenes.


Tell us about your background & past projects.
Back in March of 2011, I was looking to get some of my photography professionally framed for Artomatic 419!. I was shocked at the cost and thought I could do it myself. I went out and bought a miter saw, started watching all the woodworking shows on TV and YouTube and it just took off out of control from there. I never did make those picture frames but it changed my life. Since then I cannot stop thinking about woodworking.

What current projects are you working on?
Right now I’m working on a variety of small wooden boxes that I'm selling at local art fairs and Etsy.com. People have been buying them as Christmas gifts for loved ones. After that, I’ll start preparing for Artomatic 419! in 2013. For that I plan on doing more sculptural wood art using bent lamination and recycled electronics.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?
I find that many woodworkers are not creative. Most work from plans they get from books and magazines. I have never worked from a plan and design everything on paper first. Much of my inspiration comes from outside the craft like architecture, product design and print. I come from a graphic design background and try to incorporate that into my work.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?
“So it goes.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt used it in his book Slaughterhouse-Five to transition from one subject (usually death) to another. I relate to it as I transition from one form of art to another. Music > Photography > Woodworking.

Describe your studio/workspace?
Dusty, cluttered and unorganized. I work in the basement of my home and at times it’s complete chaos down there. Hand tools and scrap wood usually take up every square inch of available flat surfaces. It used to be filled with spiders but I don’t think they care for all the vibrations that comes from power tools.

Name a favorite place for local culture?
Downtown Toledo! Sort of a general answer, but it's true.

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .
Toledo is it’s own best kept secret. There are so many unbelievably great bands and artists here. Every weekend and many weekdays there’s something cool to do. On any given Friday I can go to the Ottawa Tavern and see one of my favorite local bands. Then on Saturday head over to Bozart’s for a local artist gallery event accompanied by another great band playing and then on Sunday grab some food at the Glass City Caf? before heading to the Valentine Theatre to catch a touring comedy group.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?
There are not many other woodworking artists around here so I feel as though I have something unique to offer.

Your favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .
The Maumee River. One of these days I'm going to live along that river.

Choose 3 words that best describe your work.
Shapes, lines, touchable.

Tell us something you would like to see happen creatively in the Toledo area.
More specialized groups and guilds. We seem to be just a bit undersized when it comes to keeping and maintaining these groups. I'd like to see a Toledo photography group that goes on photo walks once or twice a month. A woodworking group that local members can share tips and swap tools. I'm a web developer by day and would like to see more meet ups that involve the kind of web development I do.

What steps could be taken to enhance creativity in our city?
Honestly, I think those steps are already in place. Maker's Mart was a huge success this year and can't wait until next year. Artomatic 419! is always a huge hit and I'm looking forward to that in the spring of 2013. And downtown/uptown Toledo is just filled with art.

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.
I'm collaborating with that person right now and she beats the crap out of those drums.

List a CD, book and website you can’t live without.
CD: Hayden - Everything I Long For. The most depressing collection of songs ever recorded. Ever.
Book: Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut. The most depressed author of our time. Ever.
Website: YouTube.com. That website is going to make me rich someday.

The best gift you’ve ever received was . . .
There was a time a few years ago when I didn't own my own guitar and had to use borrowed equipment for the band I was playing in. My Dad thought that wasn't right so we took a trip to Cleveland and search all over for the perfect fit. That day I brought home a 1964 Supro Resoglass and have been in love with it ever since.

What would you like your last meal to be?
Shake N' Bake chicken legs, mashed potatoes and a Pepsi.


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