David Gates

“In one sense the tool at hand is something ubiquitous, quotidian.”

“One of the things I realized about my own body memory and my own interaction with tools in the workshop is that we have a kind of choreography with our tools.”

“In the saw, I see character or presence.”

“Is a pencil a tool?”

“I bought a saw and decided to evolve it into something that would have different sets of things it could do.”


Modified Saw


Custom Tool


Subtract Material

“This isn’t an answer, but as with much that is worthwhile, it raises yet more questions.”