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I first became interested in woodturning when I watched Matthew Calder turning large hollow forms at Yandles show in 1997, and decided I wanted to have a go myself. I had access to a Graduate Lathe via my job as a teacher, so proceeded to turn a birch log into a hollow form.

I made loads of mistakes, but with a good sanding it looked OK and I was hooked!

firstturning.jpg (16238 bytes) My first turning, 

Birch Hollow form

10 x 15 cm

I learned by reading books on turning and watching Bert Marsh, Phil Irons and Ray Key amongst others, demonstrating at Axminster Power Tools shop in Axminster.

I left full-time teaching in August 2002 to devote more time to woodturning, teaching part-time and turning part-time.

I was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners (RPT) in October 2010 and became a full time woodturner in August 2011.

For  more detailed information on my background see this PDF file of an article about me in Woodturning magazine June 2015 here.

Competition Success

Bronze award at "Tools2002" for turning a natural edge burr.

Silver award at "Tools2003" in the open gallery for a hollow form

Gold award at "Tools2005" in the professional category for a lattice work bowl.

Second prize in the Prestige category at the International woodworking exhibition at Alexandra Palace in Feb 2006 with a lattice work dish.

Third prize in the Prestige category at the International woodworking exhibition at Alexandra Palace in Feb 2007 with a zig-zag bowl.

First prize in the delegates competition at Axminster Power Tools  "Strictly Woodturning" event in October 2009 with a laburnum lattice bowl.

Third prize in the Prestige category at  "Get Woodworking Live" at the Alexandra Palace in March 2010 with a Bubinga lattice box

First prize in the Felix Levy competition for freestyle turning run by the Worshipful Company of Turners of London in June 2010 with an Ebonised Sycamore Lattice Bowl.

Third prize in the Masters Competition run by the Worshipful Company of Turners of London in June 2010 with a pair of lattice boxes in Holm Oak and Walnut.

First prize in the Prestige category at  "Get Woodworking Live" at the Alexandra Palace in March 2011with an Ebonised Liquid Amber Slatted Vase

Second prize in the AWGB plain turning competition run by the Worshipful Company of Turners of London in October 2012 with a Bubinga lattice bowl.

Second prize in the Masters Competition run by the Worshipful Company of Turners of London in October 2012 with a pair of lattice lidded chalices in Jatoba and ebony.

Second prize in the delegates competition at Axminster Power Tools  "Strictly Woodturning" event in November 2012 with a sycamore slatted bowl.

Third prize in the New Forest Trust Woodturning Competition in July 2013 sponsored by Axminster Tool Centre with an ebonised and pyrographed ash vase.

Third prize in the Felix Levy competition for freestyle turning run by the Worshipful Company of Turners of London in October 2014 with a walnut slatted  bowl with internal beads.

Highly commended in the AWGB plain turning competition run by the Worshipful Company of Turners of London in October 2014 with a London plane lattice bowl.

 

Bronze award winner "Tools2002"

Maple natural edge vase

25 x 18 cm

 

Silver award winner "Tools2003"

Holm Oak Burr

Hollow Form

30 x 24 cm

  

Gold award winner "Tools2005"

Pau Amarello

Lattice work bowl

27 x 6 cm  

 

Second prize winner IWE 2006

Sycamore

Lattice work dish

32 x 6cm

   

Third prize winner IWE 2007

Padauk

Zig-zag bowl

47 x 8cm

 

   

First prize winner Strictly Woodturning 2009

Laburnum

Lattice bowl

22 x 6 cm

   

Third prize winner Get Woodworking Live 2010

Bubinga and boxwood

Lattice box

16 x 8 cm

   

First prize winner Felix Levy competition 2010

Ebonised Sycamore Lattice Bowl.

36 x 6 cm

   

Third prize winner Masters Competition 2010

Holm Oak and Walnut

Lattice boxes

16 x 8 cm each

   

First prize winner Get Woodworking Live 2011

Ebonised Liquid Amber Slatted Vase

11 x 42 cm

 

   

Second prize winner AWGB senior 2012

Bubinga lattice bowl.

36 x 7 cm

   

Second prize winner Masters Competition 2012

Jatoba and ebony lattice lidded chalices.

15 x 200 cm each

   

Second prize winner Strictly Woodturning 2012

Maple slatted bowl

27 x 15 cm 

   
Third prize winner New Forest Trust ebonised and pyrographed Ash.

9 x 31 cm

 

   
Third prize winner Felix Levy competition 2014. Walnut slatted  bowl with internal beads

28 x 12 cm

   
Highly commended AWGB senior 2014. London plane lattice bowl.

31 x 7 cm

   

My work can be seen at the following galleries :-

            Dansel Craftwork  Gallery in Abbotsbury, Dorset

            Burford Woodcraft, Burford, Oxfordshire

            Somerset Guild of Craftsmen , The Guild Gallery, 23a Broad Street, Wells, BA5 2DJ

            Contemporary Applied Arts, 89 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0HX

 

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