Bud Latven moved to New Mexico in 1972 and worked in a cabinet shop making waterbeds and southwestern-style furniture. He started his own business in a small abandoned garage two years later and made furniture from burls and root structures. After using a lathe to make a set of goblets, he began to experiment with turned vessels and sculptures. Latven became a leader in the technique of “segmented turning” during the 1980s. He constructs the initial form from many small blocks of wood and often incorporates a variety of colors into one piece.