For me woodturning is like treasure hunting, as I turn the wood I uncover the treasure hidden inside. The shape and colours I use should be what a picture frame is to a picture. They should show the wood off to its best effect. I like to use either reclaimed wood or wood that was destined for the fire. My aim, working with nature, is to create beautiful and unique pieces.
I collect most of my wood from community wood recycling projects and from local tree surgeons. I dry and prepare the wood for turning and wait until the wood tells me what type of object and shape it should be. I like to work with the grain, the figure, the bark, the burrs and even any rot in order to bring out the beauty in the wood. I am happy to take commissions.
There is a small sample of my work that is for sale in the shop. If there is something you see in the gallery that you like or you would like to commission something similar please contact me.
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I like to recycle wood especially if it has some history
This is going to be a segmented bowl with milliput inserts and marbling effect.
This is a four ring bowl with 16 segments in each layer. The segments in each layer are different lengths.
If I have cut the segments accurately each ring of 16 segments should form a perfect circle.
The rings need to be carefully glued together. Each ring has been through a thicknesser and sanded so the joins should be perfect.
The bowl is 5 mm thick, 15 cm deep and 38 cm wide.
I thought the bowl should replicate the slopes of a velodrome and the track markings.
Although the actual bowl is made from the Siberian spruce from the Manchester velodrome. I wanted to have a piece of the actual track surface in the bowl.
The outside of the bowl is decorated with a red, white and blue marbling effect to represent the movement of bikes around the velodrome.
I was able to make three bowls from the wood I got. I think they capture the excitement and history of the velodrome.
I do several markets throughout the North of England. Details of events I am attending will be posted below.
2020 program to be published soon.
Contact me today to discuss a commission. I have worked on many projects including bowls, vases, lights, light pulls, Christmas decorations, wedding decorations, plates, shields, wall art and cremation urns.
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9am-4pm
Beech wood triple loop