The seed for woodturning was planted during the fifties by “Mr Edwards”, Woodworking teacher at the Fairway School, Sandown.
That seed had a gestation period of thirty years, and it was in 1986 that I purchased my first lathe and embarked on this craft as a hobby.
My range of turning for between centre work is from lace bobbins to standard lamps, whilst faceplate work is from egg cups to salad bowls. I work with home grown native timber species and some exotics, I prefer timber that has good figure and character.
I often turn “green” or wet wood, either as a rough turning for finishing later or working it to a finish whereby it will distort on drying.
Throughout the ensuing years I have experimented with pyrography, dyes and pigments in an effort to enhance my turned work, fortunately I soon realised that it is impossible to improve on mother nature.
My work is generally finished with either a blend of waxes, such as beeswax and carnauba, or with range of non toxic oils such as Tung oil. All these finishes enhance the beauty of the wood and give either a satin or gloss finish.