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© David Santiago
© David Santiago
© David Santiago
© David Santiago

David Santiago

  • Woodworker
  • Valdeprado del Río, Spain
  • Master Artisan
David Santiago Woodworker
Spanish, French
By appointment only
+34 658339301
© David Santiago

The wood whisperer

  • • Art and breadmaking led David to craftsmanship
  • • His passion for gastronomy has played an important role in his career
  • • He handcrafts objects from everyday life

The first wooden object David Santiago mastered was a baking shovel to make bread. The second was a spoon. “Wood tells you into what object it wants to be transformed,” explains the Spanish woodworker, whose workshop is located in the village of Valdeprado del Río, Cantabria, in the woodlands of northern Spain. He has being painting and sculpting since he was ten years old. He studied art and initially worked as an interior designer, but ten years ago craftmanship came to him. “I don’t want to make traditional objects, but tradition is something you need to learn, along with new techniques,” he says. For him, materials and objects speak, they have a life and a soul that must be captured. “Behind an object there is a complete story of trial and error, an experience, and that’s what inspires me,” he says.

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  • ©David Santiago
  • ©David Santiago
  • ©David Santiago
  • ©David Santiago
  • ©David Santiago
Photo: ©David Santiago

This lathe-turned oakwood bowl is part of a four-piece set comprising plates and bowls. The tall lid of the container gives it a double function, as it can also be used as a cup.

Height 13 cm
Diameter 12 cm

Photo: ©David Santiago
Selection of pieces

This set of cherrywood containers, kitchenware and utensils was inspired by the iconic status and polysemy of the English word “on”. The items in the On series were hand-turned on a wood lathe.

Photo: ©David Santiago

These wooden cake-stands and tray were hand-turned using a lathe. The relatively neutral grain pattern of the maple wood provides an interesting contrast to the elaborate patterns in the marble inlay tops of the stands and tray.

Photo: ©David Santiago
Lunch Box 29

This lathe-turned cherrywood lunch box is part of David’s Tartar series. A simple yet archetypal collection of kitchen utensils and containers suitable for myriad uses, such as food preparation, transportation, stirring and serving, the series is inspired by the concept of the picnic.

Height 21.5 cm
Diameter 27 cm

Photo: ©David Santiago

This small coffee cup and saucer made from walnut were turned by hand on a wood lathe. The simple design and the natural colouring of the wood contrast nicely with the deep tones of freshly brewed coffee.

Diameter 6 cm

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