Covid-19 update

During the Covid-19 lockdown I am still taking orders for work. If you need me to come and measure up I can but obviously we need to do this whilst taking sensible social distancing measures. I can take payments via credit cards or through Bac’s transfer.

Depending on the work you require it may take me a little bit longer to source materials. On completion of your job I can arrange to deliver the finished item/s to you again observing social distancing. If there is something special that you require just let me know, I am happy to discuss your requirements on the phone, by email or one of the video conferencing app

Mysharpening station.

As with all grinding and turning operations eye protection should always be used. You should also clear away any cloths or papers or wire wool to prevent the risk of fires.

These are my main grinders.
This one on the left is an old Elu grinder fitted with white wheels for cool fast cutting. The jig on the left is the Sorby grinding jig, I use this for fingernail grinds on my detail gouges. I tend not to alter the angle of this jig.The wooden one I made myself and suits my preferred grind which is approx. 50 degrees. I use this for my bowl gouges.
This one on the right is another home made wooden jig and this is for grinding myspindle roughing gouges and parting tools. The jig on the right is the other half of the Sorby jig and I use that for scrapers and if I have to grind a skew chisel or do any other grinding.
This is the last grinder in my sharpening station. It is a standard B&Q grinder but I have replaced the wheels with a sewn cotton wheel on the left and a sisal wheel on the right. I changed the safety guards around so that it runs backwards, (so the wheels rise instead of falling infront of you) I use a linishing paste on the r/h wheel and I use this to hone my skew chisels and carving tools.

Woodturning lessons

I am a qualified adult educator and I now run woodturning courses in my workshop. The tuition encompasses all aspects of turning from beginners to the more experienced turner who wishes to learn different techniques. I also teach thread chasing which is the art of cutting a thread in wood whilst the wood is rotating, not to be confused with just tapping a thread. I also work with pewter and bone and courses can be tailored to suit your needs. Book for a full day (with lunch included) a half day or just an hour or two. Bring your own tools and I will show you how to sharpen them. I am happy for you to contact me and discuss your woodturning needs.

Segmented turnings

These are two pieces that I have made to take with me to the Irish Woodturners Guild seminar in October. The one on the left is made from Maple, Wenge , African Blackwood and Jarrah Burr.

The one on the right is made from Maple and Purple heart. Both of these pieces will be available for purchase

in Wiltshire Crafts of Lacock shop from 17th October 2017. Each is approx. 8 inches tall.

 

Latest news

I am pleased to say that last year at the Annual General Meeting of the Register of Professional Turners, which is supported by the Worshipful Company of Turners of London, I became the third ever Chairman of the RPT. This is a great honour for me and now nearly one year on I am looking forward to hosting my first AGM as Chairman.

Latest work

112A nice piece of Burr Elm, turned and decorated with verdigris wax. Approx 8” diameter.