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My career in woodturning started in 1986 after leaving engineering. I spent many years attending craft fairs. A major change happened when I moved into a craft workshop with my wife Wendy who is a glass artist.
I was accepted onto the Register in 2006 this was a very proud moment for me.
I like to work with native timber, mostly from tree surgeons; this allows me to choose the way it’s converted to obtain the best figuring.
My work ranges from utility ware to works of art. I produce small to large items which I sell in my shop.
In 2010 I was commissioned to make the trophies for the UCI world mounting bike event at Dalby Forest North Yorkshire.
Since 2008 I have demonstrated at the Harrogate Woodworking Show.
I have run courses in my workshop since 2006. I enjoy passing on my skills and knowledge to new students. These are run one to one unless you would like to bring a friend.
Online courses and IRDs Demonstrations are available ask for details.
I remember being in my Uncle’s workshop, I was around 8 years old, clamping a drill into a vice with a small piece of wood in the chuck, sharpening a screwdriver on a grinder and turning finials…… You’ll be please to know my methods have improved! Ever since that day, I’ve been fascinated with wood. Wood is tactile. It smells good. It looks good. It feels good. It’s amazing what you can do with a beautifully grained piece of wood – turning it into masterpiece that can sit proudly in your home. In 2010 I started to take my turning more seriously and undertook extensive formal training with world-renowned turners and in 2015 I decided to have a change of lifestyle and career from Civil Engineering to full-time Woodturner. I opened a purpose built workshop and now, my greatest pleasure is keeping the craft of woodturning alive – both through my own projects and through teaching others how to turn, passing on my knowledge and enthusiasm. I’m a fully qualified woodturning tutor, trained and certified by the AWGB, of which, I’m also the regional representative for Scotland. I’ve always loved design, having an eye for what looks good and why, and I bring this to every woodturning project I do. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to spend a lot of time training with world class turner Tracy Owen and with Master Turner Stuart Mortimer. My work is varied, covering most styles of turning, from functional items such as bowls, platters and pens, to decorative and artwork including hollow forms, goblets, boxes and spiral work. I enjoy working with texture, colour and sandblasting, sometimes combining some or all of these. I’m very fortunate to be able to follow a passion I love and work from home, family life is very important to me and having this balance is truly amazing.
Mark started turning in 2000 specialising in hollow form and sculptural turning. Mark is the author of many woodturning articles published by The Guild of Master Craftsman Publications with his book ‘Turning Hollow Forms’ being published 2014.
Mark has travelled to many countries to teach, demonstrate and exhibit his work as well collaborating with other wood artists in the UK and abroad.
Mark continues to develop his coloured, textured and sculptural forms, inspiration for which he draws from nature and his interest in macro photography, far eastern culture, philosophies, his own life journey and the environment around him.
I first discovered the pleasure for creating with wood when I attended an evening course at a Women’s Workshop in Bristol, in the mid 1980’s. My tutor persuaded me that I had a natural affinity to both working with wood and teaching (she encouraging me to show others in the group the skills I had advanced further forward with).
Consequently I went onto study Fine Furniture and Woodmachining both to Advanced City & Guilds levels. Whilst learning I taught on the course I had started with myself, and also provided courses for charity the specialised in provision of craft courses for vulnerable adults.
Whilst attending my furniture studies I enjoyed producing woodturned components for pieces of furniture, gaining confidence with copy turning and making items that reflected drawn designs for drawer handles, table legs, etc.
I discovered Max Carey’s workshop in Portishead in 2002, which later became the Max Carey Woodturning Trust and for which I am a trustee. My woodturning skills and passion for turning advanced quickly here and my teaching provision evolved to become more about woodturning rather than furniture.
I now make my living almost purely from my self employed business providing woodturning tuition, to mainly adults, and occasional demonstrations when I am able fit them in around my regular courses.
Joe became the youngest approved tutor at 16 years and in 2019 was awarded The Worshipful Company of Turners Bursary. He then went on to be recognised by The Register of Professional Turners and his artwork is now in high demand by investors and collectors alike. Private tuition is available at his workshop in Dorset by appointment. Follow the link to his website for details.
Inroduced to Woodturning in January 1990 and until 2017 worked from a Workshop Unit at the historic Fairground site just outside Andover but now working from a purpose built Workshop/Studio based at our home. Since 2004 have specialised in creating ‘Handcrafted Pens of Distinction’ ( approx 90% crafting Pens 10% General Woodturning). I teach the craft of Pen Turning to a maximum of 2 stydents at a time. As a result a number of students have themselves become Woodturners. Recently a student returned for an additional lesson as he wished to make a Pen to be used as a Wedding Proposal!! ( The nib holder was engraved “Will You Marry Me” the young ladies response was YES)
I sell at various quality Gift Shows from my website and Facebook page.
Pete Osborn taught Woodwork in various schools in the North West of England for over 30 years. Since retiring from teaching he has concentrated on Woodturning. He uses quite a lot of local hardwood from trees that have fallen in gales and other timbers that are used are either reclaimed or from sustainable sources. The items he makes are sometimes useful (e.g. fruit bowls) or sometimes ornamental (e.g. goblets), but all are finished to a high standard using the best quality polishes, oils and waxes.
He is currently Chairman of the Eden Valley Woodturners group and an active committee member with the Cumbria Woodturners Association.
Darren works from his premises in Lowestoft’s historic High Street in Suffolk, a stones throw from the UK’s most easterly point. His shop offers a wide range of tools and finishes, some timber and a selection of his own work alongside works by a select few other turners. He is on the demonstrator circuit, both in-person or via IRD’s, and offers 1 to 1 tuition from complete beginners to the more experienced. He has 3 lathes in the workshop, a VB36, a Wadkin RS8, and a Magma 175FU so can cater for most requirements. His passion is for large scale turned, coloured and textured wall hangings, but also turns everything and anything. He is building up a reputation of being the ‘go to man’ in the town, for anything turned, alongside commission work, furniture repairs and restoration, and with years of experience in building and engineering, what he cannot do he knows someone who can. He was recently commissioned to make a Ceremonial Mace for the University of Suffolk with a bespoke display cabinet, and has designed and created various commemorative plaques and other items for the local councils.
I have been woodturning for about 31 years and sell my work through select galleries and the National Trust.
I am also proud to have been given the job of Editor of the internationally renowned Magazine Woodturning which I held for two years. I have written regularly for this and other magazines.
I have demonstrated the craft of woodturning in USA, New Zealand and throughout Europe.
I enjoy teaching my craft to beginners and can offer useful advice to the more experienced turner. I run woodturning courses both in my own workshop in Devon and at West Dean College in West Sussex. If you want more information about my woodturning courses and the tuition I give, please contact me
I have been wood-turning since 1977 and now produce a variety of work of the highest quality, mostly from dead or storm-damaged trees from Cornwall and Devon. Every one of my pieces is unique, however, have a look through my gallery and I can reproduce similar items upon request. I’m pleased to say that my work can be found around the world, with pieces having traveled to Sweden, New Zealand, Australia and the US!
One of the things I really enjoy about this craft is the range of different types of woodturning , from segmented work , general lathe work such as newel posts, sets of table and chair legs , furniture repairs and lately spinning wheels which have become an interest , even letter carving which can be added to a turned item or as a stand alone piece there is always things to learn and pass that knowledge on to students
Dennis works with locally grown sycamore, holly, ash and maple. The white woods offer a natural canvas on which to incorporate a wide range of finishing techniques. Turned, carved, textured surfaces finished with water soluble dyes and metal leaf are used to enhance the natural features of the wood whilst achieving a sympathetic balance of form and finish. His work includes fruit displays, Sycamore bowls and boxes embellished with silver leaf and wall plates of ash and copper.
Dennis is a member of the Suffolk Craft Society and the Norfolk Contemporary Craft SocietyHis work is sold through Galleries, Exhibitions and craft events.
Commissioned work has included; table centre fruit dishes, gold leaf bowls and wedding anniversary wall platters and colour matched pieces for interior designers Visit the workshop display (by appointment) to discuss individual requirements.
I started woodturning as a hobby about 25 years ago I turned professional in 1997 and joined the Register of Professional Turners in 1999. I make pieces for galleries, and Craft shops, I also accept commissions, I work mostly in timber from the south west of England, Yew, Oak, Ash etc
I started turning in 2003 after taking a job as a school Design and Technology Technician. There was a woodturning lathe in one of the workshops that laid idle most of the time, but it fascinated me. It appeared that its lack of use was down to a shortfall in the understanding of the various tools and the sharpening of them.
I booked myself on a two day woodturning course at John Boddy’s timber in Boroughbridge and bought my first lathe on the very next pay day.
In my time at the school it became apparent that teaching came naturally to me and there was a great demand for me to be booked into lessons to give demonstrations in both turning and woodwork.
I left the school at the end of 2016 and set about equipping a purpose built workshop at my home in York.
I applied for, and was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners in 2017
I started Woodturning at school and carried on into my teens. I started again some years later and turned professional in 1993. Since then, I have demonstrated at clubs and exhibitions all over the country.
I supply Chestnut Products, Record Power and Crown Tools.
Woodturning courses are available for half day, 1, 2 or 3 days for beginners, intermediate or advanced turners on a one to one basis at competitive rates.