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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.
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
Les left a career in special needs teaching in January 2015, to pursue a life-long interest in working with wood, by developing his hobby of woodturning, which he had commenced just 2 years earlier.
He is based in the town of Bala, in the Snowdonia National Park where he has his principal workshop and where he sources most of his raw materials. Whilst he is content to make functional, utilitarian pieces, Les prefers to work with storm-damaged and weathered timber, incorporating materials such as leather, copper, silver and semi-precious stones into his work. Les’s work has been included in both the on-line gallery and in the printed newsletter of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain, and he has had the honour of having more than 20 of his more artistic pieces declared ‘Woodturning of the Week’ by an international woodturners’ web-site. and his work has been exhibited in galleries and arts centres throughout north Wales.
In March of 2015, upon setting up his business, Les set himself the goal of developing his wood-turning skills to a sufficiently high level to be accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners, and he gained this accolade in February 2016, becoming one of only four registered woodturners then working in Wales.
With a first-class honours degree in Education and Training, and with years of experience in adult education, a natural progression of Les’s work is the tutoring and demonstrating that he commenced in 2017 and which has since become a major element in his woodturning business. Since 2018 Les has been a regular feature writer for the world-famous “Woodturning” magazine, which is published by The Guild of Master Craftsmen – GMC Publications. Primarily Les writes articles of a practical, project-based nature, but also occasionally articles of technical content.
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.
Having retired from the army in 2017 after 33 years in the Royal Artillery, I was able to return to a hobby I first started at school, but had never had the time to pursue properly. I was hugely fortunate to train under the internationally acclaimed Master Turner, Stuart Mortimer, whose support and encouragement steered me to become a full time turner in 2018. I turned professional in 2019 with the launch of Butterwood and was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners in September the same year. I am a regular at the Salisbury Arts Scene events, am a member of the Artful Collective and have exhibited in several local galleries and art events.
With a passion for all wood, I initially concentrated on segmented designs that make the most of the huge variety of colour and grain found in both domestic and exotic hardwoods. However, with so many aspects to wood turning, I am continually trying different techniques in order to expand my repertoire. Currently I am working on a series of bowls inspired by garden flowers that have started me down the carving route and I have been very lucky to enter into a collaboration with a local jeweller, Monica Wilson, who is producing a series of insects in Sterling Silver for me to incorporate into my pieces.
I undertake commissions and like to include my clients in every step from design to production. This has frequently including the use of a clients own wood, especially where the tree had sentimental value. I am also very keen to share my love of turning and offer instruction and taster days at my workshop in the beautiful Avon Valley using locally sourced timber.
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.
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.
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).
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
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, through the Surrey Guild gallery in Milford (Surrey) and 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.
Based at Porchfield Business Park near Newport on the Isle of Wight, The Mulberry Tree Woodturnery was started in March 2013 by Andy Fortune.
Andy had been a hobby wood turner since 1997 with the purchase of his first lathe and later started his full-time wood turning business with the help and support of his wife, Nikki.
Andy has many years of experience and specialises in making bowls, platters and hollow forms from locally sourced timber from the Isle of Wight but can also offer specialist bespoke turning services for most types of turning.
Many of Andy’s one-off signature pieces are laced with leather or copper wire in the style of the Japanese philosophy of ‘Wabi-Sabi’ and are made from individually selected pieces of timber sourced on the island.
Andy sells his own unique hand crafted turnery, takes commissions, and sells direct to the public at the Mulberry Tree Woodturnery workshop where he also provides his 5* rated beginner and intermediate bowl turning courses for individuals or groups of up to four people.
Andy is an active member of the Wight Woodturners which meets twice monthly in Newport. (www.wightwoodturners.org.uk)
The Mulberry Tree Woodturnery is the main Isle of Wight agents for Record Power tools and equipment, Robert Sorby, Chestnut Finishing Products and Hampshire Sheen.
With the recent addition of a horizontal sawmill Andy is now able to process locally sourced trees which he converts into boards and bowl blanks to retail to local woodworkers, hobbyists and the building trade.
Sue, who lives in Bridlington on the East Yorkshire Coast, took up woodturning as a hobby in 2000 after buying her Husband (also a Registered Professional Turner) a lathe. Whilst supporting Graham in his hobby, she was encouraged to “have a go” and was soon captivated by the wonderful qualities to be found in our native timbers and the endless possibilities available to the holder of the tools. After joining two woodturning clubs Sue started to enter woodturning competitions, both locally and nationally, with great success, After taking voluntary redundancy from the Civil Service in 2006, Sue had the opportunity to focus on becoming a self-employed woodturner. In January 2007 She was accepted on to the Register of Professional Turners, run by the Worshipful Company of Turners in London. In the same year the Worshipful Company of Turners awarded Sue a Bursary. Sue now teaches woodturning, demonstrates all over the country, writes for Woodturning Magazine and has produced five instructional DVD’s, and her open segment jigs which are selling worldwide. Sue also enjoys the freedom to explore the creative side of woodturning and takes great pleasure from seeing her works evolve with the addition of colour, texture and piercing. More recently Sue has ventured into delivering Interactive Remote Demonstrations.