Mike “Doc” Davis was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in Chatsworth, Georgia. Doc served in the United States Marine Corp from 1968 until 1971. He received an AS degree from Dalton Junior College, a BSA degree in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Georgia , a Masters degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from NOVA University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Doc proudly spent 30 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 Springer Annie in Nicklesville, Georgia.
Doc was first introduced to woodworking by his father in their family wood-shop. His father enjoyed making furniture, bookshelves and useful items for local schools. The time Doc spent with his father in the wood-shop inspired him to continue his craft. Doc first became interested in the art of wood turning in 2007 after attending a weekend wood turning course at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. He has thus returned there several times to study and fine tune his artisan skills. Doc is mainly self-taught, but has developed a passion for creating wooden hand turned bowls, wine bottle stoppers, pepper mills, cutting boards, wooden writing pens, bird houses, and other items from wood for everyone’s enjoyment. The addition of a laser engraver and a CNC rounter has given Doc more artistic options for his customers.
Doc’s primary source of wood comes only from found wood and he never cuts live trees for his crafts. Primarily southern hardwoods such as maple, walnut, osage orange, hackberry, poplar, oak, magnolia, cedar, mulberry, box elder, pear, sycamore and cherry are used for his one of kind pieces. Exotic wood is used for some pens, cutting boards, pepper mills, and wine bottle stoppers.
Doc will be displaying his crafts starting in April 2020, at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market in Atlanta, Georgia. Doc also finds time to teach woodturning at Camp Mikell Folk School in Toccoa, GA twice a year.