Keith Gotschall – Profile

Keith grew up in the Midwest, but quickly made Colorado his home in 1981. Living in Boulder, he took advantage of all the outdoor activities available. Rock climbing in particular became a passion of his. That pursuit took him to many of the climbing areas of the US and various international destinations as well. To fund these adventures Keith followed another lifelong passion of his, woodworking. Starting in a factory on the night shift, making “butcher block” furniture, he quickly rose through the ranks. He made his way through various cabinet shops, ending with a designer making very eclectic furniture. In 1989 he struck out on his own, developing his own clientele and designs under the name K2 Woodworks. Keith still takes on the occasional furniture commission. 1998 saw his change in focus from furniture to woodturning. Keith worked the craft show circuit as well as making for wholesale accounts. Moving from Boulder to the small town of Salida Colorado precipitated another change in life for Keith, as it was there that he met his wife Catherine. 18 months living in England was followed by a return to Salida. Keith now fills his workdays with production architectural turning, furniture, teaching and demonstrations, as well as any old weird job that comes in. For fun he is still exploring Colorado, often on his dual sport motorbike.

Keith took classes from notable masters early in his turning career, and remembers that excitement of exploration. In his classes and demonstrations Keith brings that same level of enthusiasm for learning and joy of sharing to his students.

With his background in fine art, and a love of the truly utilitarian, Keith’s work can be noted for it’s clean lines, smooth curves and tight detail. Sometimes whimsical, often classical, Keith enjoys working in a broad oeuvre and is hard to pigeonhole