Dave Hiller is a local artist that works with wood to create both functional and artistic pieces. The majority of his work utilizes locally found wood that is processed using a woodturning lathe and then carved, decorated and finished by hand. His studio is located in the rolling hills west of New Glarus and Monticello. Hiller has always loved the look, feel and smell of wood as long as he can remember and started using it to create things at an early age. Hiller’s father taught woodworking at a high school and he started to learn how to cut and shape wood during frequent visits to the shop when he was six. A few years later, the Boy Scout program introduced him to woodcarving and sharpening techniques that have grown over the years through participation in a variety of classes, organizations and competitions. Learning how to turn wood on a lathe provided an unlimited opportunity to explore ways to release and capture the beauty that is hidden in every piece of wood.