Woodturning : Blog
23 May 2019
The winners of the 2019 British Woodturner of the Year Competition, run in association with Axminster Tools & Machinery, were announced at the Celebrating British Craft exhibition, held at the Oxo Tower in London from 8th May -19th May.
Stephen Spanyol won the Professional Turner category with his set of stacking boxes, Nick Simpson was named Amateur Turner of the Year for his Steampunk-inspired piece, Breakfast with the Alchemist and the Young Turner award went to Nathanael Griffiths for his segmented vase.
13 May 2019
I often hear people say: ‘I’m bored.’ I smile and then try to work out if they are bored because they don’t know what to do, cannot do what they want, or can’t be bothered to get off their backsides and do something.
I talk to a lot of people and many seem afraid of trying something new or, worse yet, don’t want to do something if it isn’t ready for them to do NOW, with minimal effort. I know that is a sweeping statement, but we all know people for who that statement may well be a good fit.
25 June 2018
Anyone that knows me or reads the magazines I edit know that I have an interesting juggling act which results in a hectic but oh so interesting life. I do wonder how I would feel if my life were not so hectic. Would I miss the hubbub or would I find that place of quiet that I seek and find in other ...
3 May 2018
To achieve a beautiful cut is a great experience. We all strive for it but it doesn’t happen all of the time. There are many factors as to why this might not occur and that these are sharpness of tool, presentation angle of tool and cutting edge, timber used, where one is trying to cut and so on. Bu ...
29 March 2018
Easter is upon us and I have received a lot of correspondence about what people are hoping to do over the bank holiday. The number one comment is that people hope they have time in the workshop making things. Oh, and spending time with the family. Regarding the making of things, do send me picture ...
1 February 2018
At the time of writing, the weather is somewhat erratic and has stopped me from tidying up the shed and the garden. The workshop is almost there now, but I do wonder if a workshop is ever wholly finished.
21 December 2017
My last demo of the year is on Saturday. That demo is always fun: I have been doing that weekend for quite some time for the club and in truth, the club members usually use it as an excuse to take the mickey out of me. Hopefully they learn a few things along the way too as I work through some projects and techniques.
12 December 2017
Most people are now well and truly in the preparation for Christmas mode. I see the scramble in shops to get the presents and food already. The food will no doubt go in the freezer but with the size of the trolleys one would think that dinners for 100 people or so being undertaken. We will have 11 r ...
10 November 2017
It is that time of year when everyone seems to be busy making things and many clubs, manufacturers and retailers are preparing for the North of England Woodworking show in Harrogate 17-19th November.
21 September 2017
The leaves on some of my maple trees are changing colour now. Looking down from the office window over the lower levels of Lewes, many of the trees in view are in various stages of that leaf colour change. I love this time of year. In fact autumn and spring are my two favourite months. I love seeing the growth in spring and the colours develop and likewise, the colours and changes in autumn and the slow but inexorable decline of the plants into their winter slumber.