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.