I started woodturning as a hobby in 2000, and in 2003 was accepted as a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild (Chairman 2008-2012). In 2005 I left my job to turn full time and soon afterwards was accepted on the Register of Professional Turners. Recently I was accepted as a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
Wood is an exciting material to work with, providing a huge range of colours and forms. I use mainly British native woods, increasingly from local timber yards, with some exotics, especially when I can have some confidence that they have come from sustainably managed forests.
Often with my signature inlays, most of my work is functional, with a focus on bowls and platters and my very successful paperweights. Other pieces, such as my discuses and vase forms, are purely decorative. In either case, I aim to make high quality work combining good techniques with attention to design to enhance the inherent beauty of the figure and grain.