About Mike 'Doc' Davis

Mike 'Doc' Davis was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up in Chatsworth, Georgia. Mike creates unique woodturning products, including bowls, pens, and boards. Before turning into a creative craft person, he served in the United States Marine Corp from 1968 until 1971.

Personal Life

Mike proudly spent 30 plus years in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of Calhoun City Schools. He retired from his educational career in 2007 and now resides with his wife Jane and English Springers Willow in Nicklesville, Georgia.

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  • AS degree from Dalton Junior College
  • BSA degree in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Georgia
  • Masters degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership from NOVA University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Woodworking Inspiration

Doc was first introduced to woodworking by his father in our family wood-shop. His father enjoyed making furniture, bookshelves, and useful items for local schools. The time he spent with his father in the wood-shop inspired him to continue the craft.

Weekend Woodturning Course

Doc's interest in the art of wood turning began in 2007 after attending a weekend woodturning course at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Doc returned there several times to study and fine-tune his artisan skills.


Doc is a self-taught, woodturning craft person. He has developed a passion for creating several products. The addition of a laser engraver and a CNC router has given him more artistic options for his customers.

  • Wooden hand turned bowls
  • Wooden speciality items
  • Cutting boards
  • Pepper mills
  • Wooden writing pens
  • Custom engraved signs
  • Other items from wood for everyone’s enjoyment

Source Of Wood

The primary source of wood comes only from found wood. Doc  is strictly against cutting of live trees for my crafts. Doc works with southern hardwoods. Exotic wood is used for some pens, cutting boards, bowls, pepper mills, and wine bottle stoppers.

  • Maple
  • Walnut
  • Osage orange
  • Hackberry
  • Poplar
  • Oak
  • Magnolia
  • Cedar
  • Mulberry
  • Boxelder
  • Pear
  • Sycamore
  • Cherry
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Upcoming Displays

Starting May 2024, Doc will showcase his art at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Doc's Woodturning