For the past three years, David Carter ’22 has worked diligently to develop his skills as a woodworker. David first started woodworking because “it seemed like the most fun art offered at Belmont Hill,” continuing to take classes because he loved its hands-on nature and the break it provided from the tedium of his academic day.
David has created several pieces including dovetail boxes and a coffee table, but his favorite is the desk he is currently completing. His designs have been “inspired by math,” more specifically “geometry and angles,” and he strives to achieve beauty through simplicity.
David also contributes to Belmont Hill’s music program, playing the trumpet for the Upper School Jazz Band. David began playing in the 5th grade, picking it up quickly because he was already an experienced musician. He cites his favorite piece to either be “Pick Up the Pieces” by The Average White Band or “This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway.
In the future, David plans to take more woodworking classes. David’s dedication to his craft is commendable, and his designs highlight his creativity and reflect his passion for the art form. He stated, mentioning the time commitment that woodworking requires, “The arts at Belmont Hill have been super fun for me [although they] require a lot of thought and planning. I find woodworking to be much more gratifying than schoolwork because when I finish, I have a tangible piece of art.”
Unfortunately, David does not see himself continuing with his trumpet-playing in college. However, he recently started learning how to play the guitar and will continue playing in the future. The Panel wishes David the best in his future artistic endeavors.