Like most people of my generation, my first introduction to woodturning was when I was still at school. I experimented a bit in my late teens with a lathe powered by an electric drill but it was not until the middle 1980's before I began turning again. As a production Manager in a large American electronics company, I found woodturning a creative distraction from my daily routine and, having moved from London to Suffolk, became a full time turner in 1990.
I started by selling my work at Craft Fairs but decided to operate from a fixed base and opened my first shop at Banham in Norfolk in 1994. In 1998, I moved my base to Stonham Barns in Suffolk where I remained until the end of 2006.
It was in 1997 that I was approached about offering woodturning tuition and since then, I have taught several hundred people. I realised that I no longer seemed to suffer from the problems that plagued me in my earlier experiences so I began to analyse what I was doing differently and these techniques form the basis of my teaching programs today.
It was also around this time that I became a regular contributor to "Woodturning" magazine where I have covered test reports, technical articles, techniques and projects over the years. I also served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain as editor of 'Revolutions', the AWGB newsletter.
I was invited to join the Professional Register of The Worshipful Company of Turners in 1994 and now serve as the Assessor for
the East Anglian region." (Click here to read more...)
I have been a collector all my life – it’s my nature and has always given me an interest outside of the way I choose to try to earn a living. (Click here to read more...)