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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.
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
Michael, a born and bred Orcadian, who has been practicing the craft of wood turning for over 28 years, is self-taught. Michael has honed his skills using a combination of practice, experimentation and his desire to produce fine attractive pieces. He was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners in 2017. Influence and inspiration is drawn from the works of Neolithic inhabitants of ancient Orkney. During the long bright summer days, the light on the landscapes inspires new designs, while the long dark nights of winter is the time when he is most productive in his workshop. Wood is obtained from sustainable sources and is processed on site with our own sawmill, from log to finished piece. The traditions and culture of the islands are an important part of Michael’s life and his work reflects his affinity with Orkney and its heritage of craftsmanship. All this results in Michael creating unique wooden decorative pieces suitable for home decor , bespoke gifts or to enhance any public spaces. Our wood turning business is run from our home where we have a small gallery and visitors are also welcome to see the workshop.
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).
Having practised as a turner since 1991, Gregory was invited to join the Register of Professional Turners, held by the Worshipful Company of Turners, in 1996. Acceptance onto the register is by invitation only following assessment by a panel of peers who ensure that the highest standards of work and professionalism are met. It is the only professional body in the UK and enjoys a world wide reputation. Gregory was privileged to be invited to address the Company at a number of meetings, and for many served on the committee as membership secretary. Gregory was featured in the first ‘Diary of a Craft Worker’ series published by the “Craftsman Magazine” in 1997-8 and has been profiled in “Woodturning” magazine. He as also been invited to act on a consultative committee by Channel 4, for a documentary about woodturning. Gregory specialises in the unique, and welcomes challenge. His more unusual work has included making replacement pieces for antique instruments; willow-workers’ tools; bespoke instruments for reflexology crafted to each individual practitioner; tables made from tree slices and forms for potters and designers. He has even fulfilled a commission to make a bedroom sink. He has collaborated with an unconventional silversmith to create spectacular silvered forms in petrified wood. He also turns unique bowls, platters, vases and display pieces. Gregory draws inspiration from the individuality of wood and it is very important to him that each piece grows from the grain and inclusions unique to each piece of timber. As a result no two pieces are identical. Furthermore he holds to a strict ecological policy. No timber where the provenance cannot be guaranteed will be used. Enquiries are welcome, and each uniquely numbered piece has a story. Most timbers come from the UK or Australia and are often reclaimed or recycled. Currently Gregory has a piece selected from the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain 2018 Instant Gallery and it is being used as part of their national display. He also has a piece in the ‘Daniel Collection’, one of the most important British collections of turned work. Gregory exhibits internationally at select galleries, respected craft fairs as well as the internet. He has been highly placed in several competitions within the woodturning world and has pieces accepted for the nationwide display circuit. A previous coordinator for the National Festival of Art and Craft in Wood, Gregory offers individual tuition, demonstrations and lectures, both to interested amateurs and other professionals. For an up to date list of venues where Gregory and/or his work can been seen please contact him direct.
The first time of placing gouge on timber conjured a very visceral response – a feeling of being home. This, however, happened some 25 years ago, during years living in New Zealand, eleven and a half thousand miles away from home.
The immediacy and spontaneity of shaping timber on a lathe became such a joy and so captivating; the relationship with the timber, process and the lathe never failed to create inner peace.
My early work was driven by a desire to perfect technique. Consequently, this created a diverse range of work and skills. Latterly, my work is more considered, but never loosing that sense of humour I impart to some of my work.
Woodturning and designing on the lathe with its creative possibilities continue to enthral and my fascination with the medium keeps me driven to find the perfect curve; for some artists the process is not important. For me however, it is one part of the whole. Whatever I create, the search for perfect form and sensuous curve is paramount.
When I first began wood turning, one of the main things I noticed was how engrossed I became whilst I was working with the lathe. It was like the whole world sort of melted away, my troubles with it, and it was just me and the lathe. Admittedly I didn’t think too much on this at the time, but as my hobby expanded and became a business and I began teaching other people how to turn, I started to think about that feeling once more.
I realised that wood turning could be perfect for people with depression and anxiety because of that single mindedness that comes with it. I thought it could be an excellent way to help to build people’s confidence in their own abilities and the fact that at the end of the course the participants got to take something home to their families that they had made with their own hands would help to keep that new found confidence high even after the course had finished.
I knew then that I very much wanted to go down this route and try to help people with depression with a view to reminding them that they do have skills to offer. I applied for, and was awarded, a European Social Fund (ESF) grant which is aimed at getting unemployed people back to work. My particular grant covered anyone aged sixteen to sixty-seven in the Tees Valley area that was out of work and had mental health issues.
The funding I received allowed me to put on several six day courses where I could teach attendees the basics of wood turning and allow them to keep the items they made during the course. This I knew would help would with self-confidence and motivation and I was hopeful it would make a huge difference to the participants.
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 a 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 a qualified adult educator and work from home. Apart from working in wood I also carry out repairs to antique chess pieces using bone. As an experienced turner I can turn my hand to most aspects of the craft. I work 7 days a week.
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.
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.
After completing a 3yr course studying Art & 3D Design I decided to set up my workshop at my home in Brayford a small village which ;ies on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Being surrounded by the wild beauty of Exmoor and the rugged coastline of North Devon it is not hard to find inspiration.
The sea features greatly within my work using water based dyes which I mix and blend for my coloured pieces. I like to keep materials as natural as possible and source where possible wood which has grown in or around Exmoor with the exception that I am given wood from other localities. I mainly use Ash as my preferred choice although Sycamore, beech and sometimes Oak as they are more readily available. Working with the grain, type of wood and any interesting feature the wood may reveal makes each piece unique and I feel very privileged to be the first person to see “Beneath the Bark”, for me this form of recycling continues to be an inspiration.
I like to keep my work simple and minimalist as possible creating flowing curves which are visually appealing and pleasing to the touch. Having exhibited in galleries throughout the UK I have been privileged to be awarded silver in The Craft and Design on line selected awards whilst also taking part in exhibitions at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Bovey Tracey.
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.
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.
I initially trained in 3D design and for many years specialised in the design and manufacture of hand blown glass vessels and panels and large ceramic tile installations, for both private and commercial clients. Six years ago, I was given a lathe by a friend and that was the start of my passion for making in wood. Using mainly English native ‘green’ (recently felled) timber, my distinctive decorative vessels curve from a small footprint to beautiful, impressive objects with wide edges. They are usually rich in texture created with pyrography and carving, often embellished with acrylic colour and silver leaf. In 2015 I was the recipient of a Bursary from the Worshipful Company of Turners which enabled me to spend time working with Jacques Vesery, it was an amazing opportunity. That year I was also invited to participate in the UK Crafts Council ‘Hothouse’ scheme for emerging makers and this prompted me to decide to become a full-time maker in wood. My distinctive work is exported worldwide and has featured in many exhibitions in Europe, USA, the Middle East and Asia. It can be found in several private collections, numerous galleries and luxury homes and mansions and is becoming a firm favourite of interior designers. Bespoke pieces have also been commissioned for prestigious sporting events and corporate collections.
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!
I am a qualified joiner and cabinet maker and have been woodturning for 35 years. I am a general turner quite happy to carry out commission work or one off pieces as well as gallery work. I offer tuition on a one to one basis in my home workshop which is fully equipped. I have taught and demonstrated in the UK and abroad since 2001.
I can supply tool’s and timber.
I am based in Darlington, Co. Durham with easy access from the motorway or local road system.
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.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Phil’s first introduction to woodturning came at the age of 13 when his father acquired an 1870s American cast iron child’s treadle lathe. Woodturning became aserious hobby in his late 20’s and after a six year spell in the travel industry, he took the decision become a professional woodturner in 1994. His knowledge and appreciation of English timbers was initially gained from working as a tree surgeon/forester for several years.
Phil is the author the best selling project book “Woodturning :Two in One” . The bookhas been translated into 9 languages and to date, is the only English language woodturning project book to have been translated into Italian.
He is best known for his vessels and hollow forms with clear, fluid shapes and flowing lines. He uses contemporary coloured dyes to enhance hidden figure in pale woods, mostly sourced from tree surgeons and firewood merchants.
With the addition of threaded lids, his vessels lend themselves to becoming urns. He specialises in these beautiful functional pieces and they are highly sought all over the world. Phil describes his urns as “functional art” that can be displayed whether they contain ashes or not. “It is a huge honour that people want to keep the ashes of their loved one in a piece of my artwork.”
He is a past president of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain and a member of the American Association of Woodturners.
He lives in Warwickshire, UK with his wife Cristina, Cirrus, a Pharaoh Hound and Lola a Cockerpoo .