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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.
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