Today we’d like to introduce you to David Buck.
David, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Southern Indiana. I grew up with corn and soybean fields. Living next to my grandparents, I would work with my grandfather doing things around the farm, mostly building and fixing things here and there. That is where my love of creating and building began. The summer before my freshman year, I drove cross country with my church youth group stopping at different states, making our way to Northern California. Seeing how big and open the world was, I knew right then and there I wanted to see more of it. My junior year, 9/11 happened. I knew right then, and there I would join the US Navy to fill two things. One, serving my nation. Two, seeing the world. Before my senior year, I signed up for the Navy, a program called DEP(Delayed Entry Program). After my graduation, I had two weeks and then left for boot camp in June.
My US Naval career started out in Great Lakes, Illinois. Boot camp and electronics training. Because I love fixing things, being a technician fit me well. After Great Lakes, I went to Dahlgren, Virginia, to continue my training. When orders came up, I picked San Diego as my permanent duty station. I served four years and eight months on USS Higgins DDG-76. I did three deployments — two to the Persian Gulf and one to the East China Sea. I got to see so many places in my career in the Navy.
During my early days in San Diego, I met my wife while she was a freshman at San Diego State University. We dated from 2005 till we got married in 2015. After I got honorably discharged for the US Navy, I took a job still working for the Department of the Navy as civilian working on ships as a combat systems alignment technician.
After my wife and I married, our next step was to buy a house. We bought a house in Talmadge. Finally, I had a garage that I could make my own. Living in apartments, I could never really build anything. I could build again as I did a boy on the farm. I love building heirloom furniture. Pieces that will last a lifetime.
Now my wife and I will be welcoming our first child in July. A boy. And hopefully, I will be able to teach him the things my father and grandfather taught me. Patience.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I love making heirloom pieces. Tables, chairs, benches, chests, dressers.
Having something created for only you should be a journey from picking the type of wood to the design. A custom piece of furniture should tell a story. It should be passed on. To start a piece with an idea, and seeing it come alive throughout the process is something that cannot be described. Seeing it all come together and be set up in someones home, is just unbelievable.
When someone orders a piece from me, I hope that they see it not as just buying something. But an experience. An investment. They get to be a part of something that has never been built or designed. A fresh idea that comes to life, and they will own their own idea.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success to me is, to be honest with yourself and what you stand for. Never forget why you love to create and the joy that comes with it.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
As of right now, you can see my work on my Instagram. The goal is to have a storefront with my shop connected to it.
- Website: bornonmorewoodworks.com
- Phone: 6193097991
- Email: Bornonmonroe@gmail.com
- Instagram: @bornonmonroewoodworks
- Facebook: @bornonmonroewoodworks