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I have been working with wood for most of my adult life. I became a professional turner in about 1981 and was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners in 2009. I became the Chairman of the RPT in 2016 stepping down from the role in 2021. I was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Turners of London in November 2020. I am one of the few turners in the country to earn my living through turning. I undertake commercial work for the building industry such as stair spindles and newel posts, I also work for furniture makers producing legs and other componentry for their bespoke designs and carryout repairs for the antiques industry. I am a members of Wiltshire Crafts of Lacock which is a co-operative craft outlet.I also enjoy demonstrating at woodturning clubs and since Covid I also now offer live remote demonstrations. As a qualified adult educator I give woodturning lessons in my workshop in Wiltshire.
On 24th April 2019, I was awarded the honour of Master in Turning, in recognition of my contribution the art and mystery of the craft of turning. This was awarded to me by an Electoral College, comprising of representatives from the Worshipful Company of Turners, The Society of Ornamental Turners, The Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers. In 1975, at the age of 16, Gary started a three year apprenticeship with a small woodturning company in Chesham called Joseph Reynolds. After 18 months was put on piece work turning mainly peppermills and kitchen ware. This experience was to help enormously when he became self-employed in 1987. However, prior to this was a 10 year period with another woodturning firm turning stair balusters and chair parts. It was at this point that Gary became involved with Stewart Linford of High Wycombe who makes the famous Windsor Chair and exports world-wide.It is since becoming self-employed that Gary has made his mark on the woodturning scene, with success in competitions, articles of his work in various woodworking magazines, and demonstrating for trade companies. One of these being Racal, where Gary demonstrated their respirator for several years and was involved heavily in its promotion at woodworking exhibitions. Exhibitions include the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, Wembley, Axminster in Devon as well as woodturning clubs all over Great Britain, Belgium, France, Channel Islands, Ireland, Norway and two Utah Symposiums in Provo, Salt Lake City and Iceland. Gary has also demonstrated twice at the AWGB International Seminar at Warwick University. Gary is also on the Register of Professional Turners. Gary is considered one of the fastest and most accurate production woodturners in the U.K and is one of only a few whose income comes solely from woodturning.
Gary has a customer base of approximately 500, some of these are supplying such places as Harrods and Liberty’s and has also produced work for the homes of the Duke of Westminster and British celebrities. Gary was also asked to turn a wooden baby rattle, which was presented to Prince Harry on the birth of his son Archie.
Gary has also produced tools for the woodturner, notably his round skew chisels which come in different sizes, lightpull drive, Box Scraper and his Easybead tool. He can turn his hand to spindle turning, bowl turning, hollow forms and twists and says that he will make anything from a lace bobbin to a billiard table leg.
Gary has been asked to teach on numerous occasions by Craft Supplies and has been teaching at Craft Supplies in France past two years. Axminster Power Tools plus many individuals. You can often see him taking a Master Class at various shows and has taught for three days at Axminster but due to the demands of his production business does not always have the time.
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I started turning 1n 1980 not long after completing a 3 year apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery. I bought a coronet elf along with a one day beginners course with Alan Batty , from that day on I was hooked and turning has been a part of my every day life since . I started my own business in 1996 as a production turner /furniture maker supplied other businesses with table legs ,stair spindles, newel posts, drawer knobs a whole manner of things . I also enjoyed making craft items for sale at craft fairs and country shows .More recently I have started teaching and demonstrating and I am looking forward to developing this side of my business along side my production turning. you can always be assured of a warm welcome and a passionate interest in all genre of turning.