HONING A SKILL
WHAT I DO
My passion for wood started at an early age, and with the encouragement of my family I started woodturning as a hobby. My parents were very supportive enabling me to attend Parnham House for weeklong courses. Leaving school at 17 I attended Buckingham College in High Wycombe from where I graduated aged 21 with a BA HONS in Furniture Design and Management.
I enjoyed the challenge of making complex items of furniture and worked in this field for a number of years before finding a position which enabled me to teach my turning skills and hone them even further, testing my own creative boundaries. I am naturally drawn to fine detail using turning, carving and a range of techniques to produce intriguing and aesthetic functional pieces.
Much of my work is very simple and minimalist, using flowing curves and the natural grain of the materials. I prefer to select the more unusual woods which have interesting grain patterns which, when combined with simple shapes bring pieces to life. I feel that the direction of my work has been greatly influenced by traditional shapes and curves combined with the aesthetic influences of Far Eastern Art.
Wood responds well to unusual interpretation. The creative possibilities are endless. These are a few of my favourite pieces.