Wood Turner and Creator.
After 'A' levels I studied graphic design for three years at Hornsey College of Art in London gaining a National Diploma in Design (NDD) followed by a year's post-graduate course in packaging design. After college I worked for two years as a graphic designer and then spent six months on foot with a tent in East Africa. On my return home I felt the need to do something more adventurous and so began my apprenticeship as a land surveyor. I worked for the next thirty years with a theodolite in the field and with pens at the drawing board in both the private and public sectors. This taught me the value of taking pains and being precise and the pleasure of creating something that didn't previously exist.
Early retirement was forced upon me twenty years ago and so I took up woodturning. I have been making things all my life, usually from wood, so turning was an extension of my enjoyment of working with this most tactile of materials. Working with wood really is a joy - its feel, its odour, its warmth, its texture, its colours, its workability, its grain. It's sustainable, durable, alive, widely available - and often free!
Whereas I delight in the machined perfection of a well-turned, carefully finished piece of woodturning, I also enjoy using more natural forms taken from the woodland or garden and made into something decorative, unusual and functional. These natural forms often sit well, as a counterpoint, with the precision of turned timber.
I will use any piece of interesting or unusual wood to try to create an object of beauty with a useful function. My creative output is, therefore, varied and unpredictable.
Creation is the essence of living, but what's life without a challenge?
At the Summit of Ben Nevis..1973:-))
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