Wood is such a tactile material.
Enhancing the texture is something I enjoy, there are lots of ways to achieve this: carving, texturing tools, abrasive wheels, sandblasting and many more.
Colour can bring out the natural beauty of the wood, taking the eye to a specific area of the work: spirit stains, ebonising, iridescent paints, metal infills and coloured waxes. There are numerous products available to work with.
We run specific courses to cover all of these techniques.
Wood is a wonderful material to work with, every piece is unique.
My work is inspired by Tracy Owen and Stuart Mortimer, it covers most styles of turning from functional items such as bowls, platters and pens to decorative and art work like hollow forms, goblets, boxes and spiral work.
In 2018 I entered two pieces into the Worshipful Company of Turners Competition, both pieces were awarded commendations.
Being able to teach these skills to others is a great pleasure and an honour to keep the craft of woodturning alive.