By Michael Canipe on December 1, 2023
San Bernardino, CA – Gonzalo Delacruz, the creative mind and artisan behind Wood Turning and Arts, brings a unique blend of passion, craftsmanship and artistry to the world of custom woodwork. With just one year in business, he has already made a significant impact in San Bernardino County, offering a range of services from custom wood turning to crafting elegant wooden bowls, lidded boxes, cuffs, platters, cutting boards and charcuterie boards.
Wood Turning and Arts is a name that intrigues from the moment you hear it. Gonzalo Delacruz reveals the inspiration behind the name: “I wanted to combine my love for wood turning and lathe work with my passion for art, specifically tattoo art. The result is ‘Wood Turning and Arts,’ a name that encapsulates the fusion of traditional craftsmanship with the contemporary creativity found in the world of tattoos.”
Crafting Woodwork Masterpieces and Adding A Personal Touch for Every Piece
What sets Wood Turning and Arts apart is Delacruz’s dedication to ensuring each piece is not just a product but a work of art. His ideal customer persona includes collectors, art enthusiasts and individuals seeking unique and personalized gifts. Whether it’s a special wedding gift, an addition to a collector’s repertoire or a functional piece to enhance a home, Delacruz crafts each item with care, attention to detail, and a touch of his own artistic flair.
While based in San Bernardino County, Wood Turning and Arts is not limited by geographical boundaries. Delacruz’s artistry transcends borders, and he is open to working with customers from all walks of life. With a focus on mid-aged to older clientele, Delacruz caters to those who appreciate the value of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces that bring a sense of artistry and history into their homes.
A Journey from Tattoo Art to Woodturning
Delacruz’s journey into the world of woodturning is a story of passion and transformation. He began wood turning out of his home workshop two years ago, and his love for the craft quickly grew. A year ago, he decided to turn his passion into a full-time business, with the long-term goal of replacing his tattoo career with wood turning. This transition allowed him to channel his creative energies into a different medium, resulting in the stunning pieces he creates today.
Personal Triumph: Sobriety
One of the most significant events in Delacruz’s life, both personally and in his business journey, has been achieving sobriety. He proudly shares that he has been sober for 3.5 years, a journey that has transformed his outlook on life. He learned that applying oneself to a chosen direction is key to achieving one’s goals and dreams. Doubts are normal, but by staying on the right path, success is attainable.
Delacruz’s tagline, “Sobriety through Woodturning / Woodturning through Sobriety,” reflects his personal journey and the positive impact that his craft has had on his life.
Choosing Wood Turning and Arts
When asked for a tip for potential customers choosing Wood Turning and Arts, Delacruz emphasizes his unique and creative approach. He is willing to take on unique challenges to create one-of-a-kind pieces, ensuring that every customer receives something truly special.
Awards and Recognition
Delacruz’s dedication to his craft has earned him recognition in the woodworking community. His work will be featured in an upcoming magazine article in Artists Close Up, further establishing his reputation as a skilled woodturner.
A Passion Turned Profession
When asked about what he loves most about his business, Delacruz expresses his gratitude for the support from the community and old friends. He finds it unique to be able to pursue his passion full-time and make a living from it.
While woodturning is his primary focus, Delacruz’s most unusual job involved someone driving from afar who asked for wooden medallions or challenge coins for events in Europe. Special care had to be given to specific sizing and details to make it match the normally metallic medallions used. Gonzalo is willing to take on diverse and creative requests to bring wood to life.
Gonzalo Delacruz’s journey from tattoo art to woodturning shows the power of passion and determination. Wood Turning and Arts stands as a testament to his artistic abilities, creative vision and commitment to creating exceptional, one-of-a-kind wooden pieces. With each creation, Delacruz not only crafts wood but also transforms it into a work of art, leaving a lasting impression on those who appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of his creations.
Visit Gonzalo’s Instagram to see more of his recent work.
Author: Michael Canipe
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