Daryl Rickard was a veterinarian for 40 years. Retired in 2017, he is now devoted full time to woodturning. He has been woodturning since the early nineties.
Influenced by his dad’s wood shop, he learned at an early age to appreciate the smell, feel, and visual appeal of grain, color, and imperfections of wood. This experience set the foundation for his expression in wood. Daryl’s work evolves over time. Since he generally starts with green wood, each piece is a compilation of years of turning, drying, and returning it to the lathe.
He primarily uses native hardwoods, combining woodturning with carving, woodburning, texturing, and painting to create his pieces. He loves the dynamic nature of wood. The moving and changing of each piece of wood contributes to the final work. Each piece of wood in its raw form speaks to the creation within, making each piece unique.
Daryl’s work has been in various galleries throughout the metro Atlanta area and now shows through the Southern Hands Artist Tour. He has won Best of Show at the Georgia National Fair woodturning show twice and won Best of Show at the inaugural Magnolia Arts Festival in Peachtree City in 2016.
Daryl resides in Peachtree City with his wife Darby and rescue dog Prancie.