About Us

Master Woodturner Earl Bartell at Work on His Lathe

Located in Bellevue, Washington, I Dance with Wood was founded by Master Woodturner, Earl Bartell, who has been turning wood creations for over 30 years. Each creation is a unique handcrafted product made with care and precision to bring out the natural beauty of its wood.

Products include bowls, platters, , and hollow forms of all shapes and sizes. Wood types range from common hardwoods like oak, apple, pear, elm, beech, maple, and cherry to exotic woods like bobinga and cocobolo.

More About Earl


In addition to his work for I Dance with Wood, Earl participates actively in local, national, and international woodturning organizations and events. Earl served as past president  of the Seattle Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) for three years. He currently serves as a board member.

In the past, Earl has taught various woodturning classes at Seattle area woodworking stores such as Woodcraft Supply and Rockler Woodworking as well as in his shop. At the AAW's yearly national symposium, he has served as a volunteer and as a mentor for teenagers and people with disabilities who want to learn turning.  

Community Outreach


Beads of Courage Program

Earl has participated in the Beads of Courage program that provides seriously ill children with handmade glass beads that serve as tangible markers of their medical journeys. Each glass bed signifies a treatment milestone that a child has gone through such as an x-ray or a surgery. Many children have quite a collection of beads and woodturners from the American Association of Woodturners partner with the Beads of Courage program to provide beautiful wood bowls to hold their beads. Earl has donated some of his bowls to this program.

Beads of Courage Lidded Bowl

Bellevue Arts Museum Kids Fair

Earl participates in the annual Bellevue Arts Museum Kids Fair where members of the Seattle Chapter of the AAW turn spinning tops for children to color and take home.

Wooden Spinning Tops Created by Master Woodturner Earl Bartell for the Annual Bellevue Arts Museum Kids' Fair

Pens for the Troops
Along with other woodturners around the nation, Earl has turned pens to give to the troops. These beautiful pens are a morale booster for the troops and a tangible thanks for their service.