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Cross of Wales (full length - back), Michael Lloyd, 2023, The Goldsmiths' Company, Richard

It has been an honour to work with internationally renowned master silversmith Michael Lloyd on a collaboration for His Majesty King Charles III.

This Historic commission by the Goldsmiths’ Company on behalf on His Majesty The King will lead the Coronation procession at Westminster Abbey

What has made this even more special, on a personal level, was to be invited to the Coronation Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, to meet His Majesty and discuss the project. A very special day.

  • His Majesty The King hand struck The ‘King’s Mark’ onto the Cross of Wales in November 2022, the first time in history that a monarch has applied The ‘King’s Mark’ (leopard’s head).

  • In a significant ecumenical gesture, the Cross of Wales incorporates a relic of the True Cross, the personal gift of Pope Francis to His Majesty The King to mark the Coronation, its use going forward will be shared between the Anglican and Catholic Churches in Wales.

  • It is created from silver sheet produced from recycled bullion provided by the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, with a shaft of Welsh windfall Oak and a stand of Welsh slate. 

Woodturning is an extraordinary art.

There is nothing more satisfying than turning a piece of wood into a beautiful piece of work, channelling your inner creativity and completing a project to the highest possible standard.

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I’m a professional woodturner and I specialise in crafting high-quality and technically-challenging pieces. I love exploring new and innovative ways of working with wood. I am available for bespoke one off pieces, production turning and tutoring.

Woodturning is my passion, when I’m not turning, I’m teaching others how to turn. I’m a fully qualified tutor with the AWGB and host classes in my purpose-built workshop just outside of Glasgow. Meet Darren.

My classes are suitable for anyone wanting to try something new or existing turners who would like refine their skills or try new techniques. Find the class thats right for you.

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