David Earle was hooked on wood at an early age. Probably something to do with all the time spent climbing around in trees.
Born in Houston, Texas, he spent elementary school in the Bay Area before moving to Seattle. Constructing towers with blocks gave way to ceramics and painting, which became more of a focus in high school. He later attended the Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia.
Studying Sculpture gave him a chance to experiment with new materials, techniques, and ways of thinking. Having access to wood and metal fabrication shops was an education in itself. Early projects used materials purchased from the home depot, and other limited sources.
Some of the projects were quite large and had to be thrown out at the end of every semester. This he decided was expensive and wasteful. From then on, more and more of his projects were constructed of the plentiful junk that litters northern Philadelphia. Old propellers, bicycle parts, wood from demolished buildings, clay dug from a campus vegetable garden, and many other findings were experimented with.
One winter, a heavy storm took down some massive trees around the campus. Given some native Oak and Hard Maple rounds, he carved spoons, spatulas, small bowls, and other things from the green wood.
After returning to the Seattle area, David's father offered an unused garden shed for a work space. He found that an old wood lathe was a very efficient way to create things from wet timber. After only a few months of obsessive woodturning, he quit his job as an estate gardener, and hasn't looked back.