David Mendietta

David comes from the Basque Country near Bilbao, where his original craft training was in metalwork, using lathes and milling machines. However, he has always had an affinity with wood, and after being introduced to woodcarving realized that he had found his vocation. He worked in a traditional joinery shop for many years, carving in his spare time, but being self taught he became frustrated by his progress. Finding out about the Historic Woodcarving Diploma at the City & Guilds of London Art School was a revelation, and he made the difficult decision to leave his home in order to enroll on the course and follow his vocation. David graduated in 2015, and since then has been making a living as a professional woodcarver, living and working in London.