Colin has been working with wood for over 25 years. Woodturning is a intregal part of my career – working in wood ( Furniture, Turning, Lettercarving and a select number of courses) Whether a piece of treen, an turned component on a piece of furniture or using the “pratice” of turning to enable a jig to be made on a “complex” furniture design. As well as “everyday” small batch turned treen, Colin has a particular interest in “geometrical” sculptural shaped pieces using the natural beauty of timber, but in addition understanding the “selection” of timber for such pieces. In addition to this the use of colour to “pronounce” grain formations using traditional techniques when time permits.
Most of Colin’s designed individual pieces are made to commission, with the majority of pieces involving some turning. (This includes public, private and ecclesiastical work)
In addition to commissioned pieces, Colin sells his pieces from his workshop/showroom, through the Surrey Guild gallery, The Sussex Guild (gallery – from March 2014) and some of the Sussex Guild exhibitions. (others listed on my website).
Colin also runs a limited number of turning courses every year……….
Notable commissions in the past have included – Offertory Bowls for Portsmouth Cathedral, Turned Components for the Lord Chancellors apartments, Turned components on Choir stalls and a Thurible Stand (Ecclesiastical)(both part of larger commissions done within workshop)
Colin mainly uses local timber for his pieces but occasionally does use exotic timbers because of their “pure colours” that emphasises the turned or sculptural form.