Over the last 18 years or so Steve’s natural talent and feel for the materials he works with has produced some inspirational work and in 2008 he took the plunge, and became a full time woodturner.
Where possible he works with locally sourced timber from sustainable sources for example from fallen or storm-damaged trees. Producing functional pieces such as bowls, platters, plates (treen), intricate decorative artistic pieces, sculptural works of art to hang on the wall or display on a table, and a variety of intriguing boxes and vessels. Experimenting with shapes and forms, which are influenced by the grain, inclusions, knots and holes and nature its self.
He is also in demand for commissioned pieces of various sorts, producing a variety of work from spindles and knobs for builders to finials and feet for antique repairers. He has turned lots of bowls and momentos from timber supplied by clients for family and loved ones, also a garden sculpture which included metal spun flowers. His focus on whatever he produces is shape, design and a pristine finish – whatever that finish is.
In 2010 Steve was accepted on to the Register of Professional Turners, including The Worshipful Company of Turners, and is also a member of the (AWGB) Association of Woodturners of Great Britain.
Steve teaches woodturning based on the knowledge of the student. From beginners who have never touched a lathe or a woodturning chisel to the person who just wants to brush up his skills or is having difficulty with a particular tool or process.