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I took up wood-turning as a hobby at the beginning of 2000. I like to use mainly naitive hardwoods, and I like to produce work with smooth gentle curves and no decoration - I feel that this shows the intrinsic beauty of the wood.

Here are some examples of work that I have produced.

Chalice in spalted beech This chalice stands about 10 inches high. It is made from spalted beech and finished with a gloss varnish. "Spalted beech", (or spoilt beech), is beech which has died and has started to decay. The ingress of moisture and fungi give distinctive patterns and colouring in the wood. It is sometimes difficult to turn as parts of the wood may be fragile or of different consistencies.
Chalice in spalted beech This chalice stands about 8 inches high. It is made from spalted beech and finished with beeswax.

Pedestal plate in spalted beech This pedestal plate stands about 7 inches high and is about 13 inches diameter. It is made from spalted beech and finished with a gloss varnish.

Elm bowl This elm bowl is about 5 inches diameter. It is finished with a gloss varnish.

Elm bowl This elm bowl is about 11 inches diameter. It is finished with tung oil, which is food-safe and gives a pleasant silk finish.

Oak dish This oak dish is about 5 inches diameter and is finished with tung oil. Oak has a very pleasing appearance because of the distinctive cross-graining.

A pair of ash platters These platters are about 5 inches diameter. They are made from the same ash log, cut through the centre and turned in opposite directions with the bark left on, to make a mirror image pair. They are finished in tung oil. Ash is a very white wood with a distinctive grain.

beechwood bowl This beechwood bowl is about 7 inches in diameter and finished in tung oil. Beech is a pleasing wood to turn as it has an even consistency and a fine grain.







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This page last updated on 2004-12-14 JGM