Derek Weidman is dedicated to exploring lathe-based sculpture and his approach involves multi-axis turning as the foundation of his work. In using this unique shaping process, Derek has created a descriptive visual language that only the lathe can speak. This carving process creates novel representations of a wide range of subjects, from those based on human anatomy to various animal forms. Derek works from a basic question, “What would this look like if rendered through the lens of a wood lathe?,” and even with the most rigorous naturalism, an honest abstraction takes place, and for each new subject that question is answered. So from human heads to rhinos, mandrills to birds, each idea is captured in a way it has not been expressed before.