About me

My love of woodturning started when I was around 8 years old. I remember being in my Uncle’s workshop, clamping a drill into a vice, with a small piece of wood in the chuck, sharpening a screwdriver on a grinder and turning finials...... you be please to know my methods have improved!

 

Ever since that day, I’ve been fascinated with wood. Wood is tactile. It smells good. It looks good. It feels good. It’s amazing what you can do with a beautifully grained piece of wood - turning it into masterpiece that can sit proudly in your home.

 

In 2010 I started to take my turning more seriously and undertook extensive formal training with world-renowned turners and in 2015 I decided to have a change of lifestyle and career from Civil Engineering to full-time Woodturner.

I opened a purpose built workshop and now, my greatest pleasure is keeping the craft of woodturning alive - both through my own projects and through teaching others how to turn, passing on my knowledge and enthusiasm.

I’m a fully qualified woodturning tutor, trained and certified by the AWGB, of which, I’m also the regional representative for Scotland. This means I’ve not only learnt the best woodturning techniques but also how to teach them.​

I’ve always loved design, having an eye for what looks good and why, and I bring this to every woodturning project I do.

I have been very fortunate to spend a lot of time training with world class turner Tracy Owen and recently with Master Turner Stuart Mortimer.  

My work is varied, covering most styles of turning, from functional items such as bowls, platters and pens, to decorative and artwork including hollow forms, goblets, boxes and spiral work.

I enjoy working with texture, colour and sandblasting, sometimes combining some or all of these.

I also love spiral work, this is something I’m spending more time developing with the encouragement and support of Stuart.

I have had pieces commended by the Worshipful Company of Turners Competition

Having completed the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain and the Worshipful Company of Turners award  ‘Certificate in Woodturning’ I qualified as an AWGB Approved Tutor.

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