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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.
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