I began turning in 2003 after seeing a burr Oak bowl my father-in-law had made on his lathe. I bought a cheap “Taiwan Terror” lathe and spent a few months chasing it around the garden of my London home.
A subsequent move to rural Suffolk provided the opportunity to join a woodturning club that met in the Village Hall in my own village. I met a fantastic group of experienced turners there and watched demonstrations by professional turners such as Bill Care, and learned an enormous amount thanks to their generosity and patience.
I spent twelve months producing round firewood and progressed quickly, became Chairman of my local club, and in 2006 I was invited on to the Register of Professional Turners, but later resigned around 2017. I also served on the committee of the Association Of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB), latterly as Chairman, before retiring from the AWGB after eleven year’s service.
Around 2005 I opened cobwebcrafts as a workshop and gallery at a newly opened craft centre near to home, and then moved to Beccles to a lovely old building by the river. A terrible workshop fire in December 2016 forced another move. The “temporary” workshop accommodation I found in January 2017 is where I am still…space gets filled and the thought of having to move it all becomes a barrier in itself.
My time is taken up with making speculative work for sale, turning small batch runs and spec pieces for trade and private customers, writing for Woodturning Magazine, demonstrating, teaching and, increasingly, general flat-work and restoration.