Martha Diefendorf

I have always loved wood.  I took a woodworking course at Penland School of Crafts and designed and built wood furniture on a custom basis while my children were young. After retiring in 2015 as a policy analyst, evaluator and consultant at the FPG Child Development Research Institute at UNC, I serendipitously fell into woodturning after meeting Frank Penta. I had the opportunity to learn about tools and basic techniques at his shop working along side of and sharing ideas with other turners. Attending symposia in NC, VA, TN and Ireland has been an inspiration, and taking weekly lessons from Don Leydens has been invaluable and fun. I am drawn to the natural beauty of wood and simple, pleasing shapes, and have started experimenting with the intricacies of lamination and the whimsy of embellishments. 

 

Walnut Platter (11")

Spalted Maple Bowl (12" x 3")

Curly Maple Bowl (9.5" x 4")

Walnut Bowl (8.5" x 4")

Cedar Bowl (5.5" x 4")

Walnut Bowl (5.5" x 2.5")

Plum Bowls (5.5" x 2")

Cherry Plate (8.5" x 2")

Natural Edge Magnolia Bowl (6" x 4")

Mystery Wood Bowl (5" x 2.5")

Crepe Myrtle Candle Holder (4.5" x 2.5")

Maple "Rain Drop" Bowl (6" x 2")

Flared Bowl with Insert

Small Bowls

Sapele, Mahogany and Maple Box with Multi-Axis Lid (7")

Laminated Candle Holder (4" x 3.5")

Hors d'oeuvre Server Set with Laminated Handles

Ice Cream Scoop and Bottle Stopper with Laminated Handles

Cherry and Mahogany Coaster Set

Walnut and Cherry ExecutiveTop (2")

Multi-axis Maple Candle Sticks 

(2" x 8")

Laminated Bowl of Red Heart, Maple and Purple Heart (4"x 3.5")

Bowl Set of Laminated Red Heart, Maple and Purple Heart (2" x 2")

Curly Maple Textured Bowl (6" x 2.5")

Walnut Lamp Base (7" x 12")

Flare Shape Cherry Bowl

Ambrosia Maple Platter (13.5")

Bottom of Platter on Left


Walnut Dish (7" x 1.5")

Pear and Crab Apple Weed Pots (2" x 7")


Purple Heart, Spalted Tamarind and Walnut Plate (8")

Multi-axis Goblet 

(2" x 7.5")

Mahogany Candle Holder (5")

East Indian Rosewood Bowl (7.5 " x 2")

Mahogany Vases (14", 16",17")

Holly Vase with Bark Inclusion (10" x 2.5")

Carved Mahogany Candle Holder 

(4" x 1.5")

Dog Eared Walnut Candle Holder (3.5" x 2")

Cherry Bowl (7" x 1.5") 

Curly Maple, Walnut and Mahogany Bowl (9" x 3")

Maple Burl Bowl with Turquoise Inlay (7.5" x 3")

Maple Burl Bowl  with Bark Inclusion (5" x 2")

Maple Burl Bowl (5" x 2")

Walnut Vase (10" x 3")

Globe Ornament (4" x 2")

Bird House Ornaments

Cherry Ikebana (9" x 2")

Maple Bowl (7" x 2")

Wine Bottle Coaster (4")

Mahogany Bowl (2")

Sand-Spray Paint Bowl (4.5")

Crab Apple Bowl (2.5")

Flared Mouth Walnut Vase (3.5")

Mahogany Bowl (6")

Cedar and Pear Soap Dishes 

Mulberry Bowl (7" x 3")

Cedar Bowl with Seashell (9" x 6") 

Natural Edge Walnut Bowl (4" x 3")

Myrtle Bowl (9" x 3") 

Fir Candle Holder (5" x 2")

Natural Edge Walnut Bowl (4" x 3") 

Maple Burl and Acrylic Bar Tools

Cherry Bowl (9.5" x 2") 

Natural Edge Maple Burl Bowl (7" )

Maple Burl Bowl (6.5" x 2.5") 

Maple, Purple Heart and Resin 

Pot Pourri (5" x 3.5" )

Lacewood Plate (6" x 3") 

Ambrosia Maple Platter (17" )

Laminated Serving Tray (11") 

Bottom View of Tray

Mixed Hardwoods Cutting Board ( 20" x 11") 

Mixed Hardwoods Cutting Board     (8" x 6")

Maple Burl Dish ( 3") 

Mixed Hardwoods Earrings

Laminated Bowls ( 3" x 2") 

Walnut and Cherry Hand Mirrors (11")

Laminated Bowl ( 3" x 2.5") 

Maple and Purple Heart Bowl (9.5")

Maple Dish with Turquoise Inlay (3.5" x 2")

Cherry Bowl with Shells (6" x 2")

Red Alder Bowl (7.5" x 2.5")

Dyed Fir Bowl (9" x 5")

"Here Comes the Sun"

(10" x 22")

"Waiting for the Wind" (7" x 13")

Spalted Pear Bowl (9" x 4")

Ironwood Vase (4" x 5.5")

Ash Bowl (4" x 2.5")

Bottom of Ash Bowl

Laminated Vase (1.5" x 3")

A Dozen Hardwood Eggs

Curly Maple Ikebana(7")

Beads of Courage Box (7.5" x 6")

"Jubilation" (10" x 14" x 22.5")

Maple and Art Glass Vase 

(9" x 9" x 14")

Hickory Bowl (8.5" x 4")

Walnut Bowl (9" x 2") 

Ambrosia Maple Platter (15")

Maple, Red Heart and Walnut Platter  (13"

Ambrosia Maple Platter (16")

Maple and Cherry Vases (8" and 6") 

River Birch Bowl (4.5" x 1.5")

Burned Cedar Vase

Poplar Bowl with Carved Interior

Bottom of Carved Bowl

Maple Medallion with Carving

Cherry Medallion with Carving

Walnut Bowl with Carved Rim (7.5" x 2")

Pear Bowl (5" x 3")

Green Stripe Box

(3" x 5") 

Walnut Lid Box (3" x 3")

Box with Lacewood Top (3" x 2") 

Hackberry Box (4" x 4")

Maple Walnut Box (3" x 4") 

Cedar Vase (2" x 4")

Carved Cherry Bowl (4.5" x 2") 

Baby Rattle (4.5" x 2")

Ambrosia Maple Platter (14" x 2") 

Pink Pens

Norfolk Island Bowls with Buttons

Apple and Maple Box (6" x 4")

Poplar Stool (12" x 13")

Underside of Stool

Amur Maple Bowl (3" x 3")

Walnut-Cherry Lazy Susan (11")

Reaching for the Stars (18" x 4.5")

Carved Holly Bowl (5" x 2.5")

Poplar Scandinavian Bowl     (4" x 4")

Cedar Goblet (4" x 4.5")

Poplar Goblet (2.5" x 2.5")