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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.
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
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.
Colin has been working with wood for over 35 years. Wood turning is a integral part of my career – working in wood – Furniture, Turning, Letter carving and a select number of wood turning courses. Whether a piece of treen, a turned component on a piece of furniture or using the “practice” 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 involving some turning. (This includes public, private and ecclesiastical work) In addition to commissioned pieces, Colin sells his work from his workshop/showroom by appointment, some of the Sussex Guild exhibitions. (others listed on my website). Colin also runs a limited number of turning courses every year………. A recent commission as lead collaborator, was part of a four craftspeople job. A new Crosier for The Bishop of Stepney (London) in Laburnum, with Stainless Steel connectors. A Pewter Crosier Head with an Anodised Kingfisher and an embossed leather carrying case. Other 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 made within the workshop) Colin mainly uses local timber for his pieces but occasionally does use exotic timbers because of their pure colours that emphasise the turned or sculptural form. You are welcome to come to my workshop to view products and discuss commissions – however this is strictly by appointment.
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.
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.
I am Viv Broughton and my passion is making sawdust and shavings! I have been turning for around 30 years, the last 10 years of which I have taken my craft beyond hobbyist level.
In 2013 I opened a small wood turning studio in Wilton where I made, exhibited and sold my turnings. After some 3 years I retreated back to my shed in the garden in Hampshire to reduce overheads, making pieces to sell at craft fairs and exhibitions. I love taking on commissions especially unusual pieces, creating that bespoke piece. I often exhibit as part of a group of artists known as The Creatives around Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.
With a background in printing and graphic design my ethos is to keep shapes well proportioned and simple and I endeavour to exploit my keen eye for detail. I adore the natural beauty of wood, the grain, the colour, the smells, the tactility and textures of different species of timber. I enjoy embellishing some of my turned forms with Pewter which complements the natural wood. In the last few years I have developed my own style of carving Nautilus type wooden segmented shells, inspired by Steve Garrison.
I have been a member of Test Valley Turners since 2015 and I became a Registered Professional Turner in January 2022.
Woodturner, author and tutor based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. I like to incorporate colour in some of what I do and over the years have tried a wide variety of techniques and surface decorations. Courses take place in my workshop in the Forest of Dean. More information can be found on my “Woodturning for Woodturners” website. I sell my work through exhibitions, galleries and direct on my website. I also do commissions and commercial orders.
I have been turning now for 12 years and it has become a passion of mine.
How I started turning came when I was offered the opportunity to buy our local school lathe, the one I had used at the school many years ago. Well I jumped at the opportunity to purchase it and I have never looked back since !
I am self taught and have learned through my mistakes rightly or wrongly so. I am now a member of two local clubs which I attend whenever possible. I suppose I am the same as everyone else starting away with smaller items such as pens etc and progressing to larger and more intricate pieces. I do a lot of wet turning and then reintroduce the items back onto the lathe to turn and finish.
I am a big fan of Stuart Mortimer and love to try and mirror the type of pieces that he is famous for. Lately I have been experimenting turning platters at 7 different centres and was quite pleased at the outcome. I have also been making large segmented Christmas Trees standing 5ft tall that have been popular with my clientele. One of the other things that I like making is anything that is left looking natural as possible once finished. I have undertaken a few demonstrations at my local clubs and this is something that I would like to expand on.
I am also a qualified AWGB INSTRUCTOR and I do teaching from within my workshop. This is something that is growing in popularity .
Robert at Kraftinwood has a spacious fully equipped workshop including a VB36 as well as two other lathes, a 181″ bandsaw and a fully ducted cyclone dust extraction system as well as many tools and cutters ~ up to 2 metres+ in length !!. Robert teaches wood turning to beginners through to seasoned turners wishing to enhance their skills and try out various techniques and aspire to learn about creative design rather than just turning wood. Robert also stocks turning blanks, Hamlet and Hope tools. Kraft Village also has a large contemporary Public Art gallery of various artists work in a range of mixed mediums, here you will normally see over 500 of Roberts exquisite turned and carved pieces on display and for sale. You will also at Kraft Village Chair Making Museum CIC usually see Robert giving a guided tour which includes everything about the wonderful Heritage of chair making in the area including a demonstration on the shave horse, pole and treadle lathes of how the Bodgers made the round parts to produce 4,700 Windsor chairs a day !!! (at its peak in 1875).