Woodturning lathe
Woodturning Lathe

Andy Coates is a professional woodturner and former Chairman of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain.

Andy works mainly in locally sourced native hardwoods, reclaimed wood, and mixed media to create a range of contemporary objects to enhance the home environment. Andy also produces many more traditional items, such as bowls, platters, boxes, clocks, and vases Etc., and usually has a wide range of objects on offer in the gallery.

Work bench

Andy also undertakes restoration work for antique dealers and private individuals, commissions, and small-scale hand-turned production work, and general woodwork which often results in some strange commissions.

This one in late 2017 proved to be an interesting but exhausting job…a Tudor Ducking Chair and rig for Channel4’s Britain’s Most Historic Towns, presented by Professor Alice Roberts.

Ducking Chair
Professor Alice Roberts, Colin Howey and Dave Tong with my ducking chair.
Professor Alice Roberts about to be ducked
Professor Alice Roberts about to be ducked…

Andy is available for woodturning demonstrations and talks on wood-related topics for a wide range of groups and societies. Please call in or telephone for details.

Andy writes a monthly column for Woodturning magazine, published in the UK and available in over 60 countries.

In December 2016 Andy’s old workshop burnt down. New premises had to be found quickly to remove damaged tools and equipment to in order to attempt restoration.

Burnt out workshop
Burnt out workshop

Finding affordable, and more importantly immediately available, premises proved a stressful problem, but premises were found on a small private industrial estate close to his home.

New workshop
New workshop

The new workshop was much larger than the old one; two large rooms and two small.

One of the four rooms at the new workshop

Thanks to the unstinting help of many people, some friends, some I have never met, I was able to recover anything even remotely salvageable in the hope of restoring later. An awful lot went into skips.

Last load of salvage
Last load of salvage

It took three months to finally get to the point that I could work again, and this was only possible thanks to the stalwart efforts of friends, most notably John Woods from www.woodart-products.co.uk. Many people helped to get me back on my feet, and I am enormously grateful to them all. The support was incredible; donations came from all over the world, tools, equipment, wood, physical help. It was a very humbling time. Much of this support was orchestrated by two friends from Twitter, Siobhan and Helen, who I had never met, and they were quickly joined by Paul Norcott of www.homeofwood.co.uk

Without all these people I would still be cleaning rust off old tools and looking forward to starting work again. As it was I was back working in April 2017.

back to work
back to work


Andy writes a monthly column in Woodturning Magazine