You can turn any piece of wood into a beautiful and useful item, from an expensive piece of Walnut to an old lump of fence post.
I love creating things in my workshop, from bowls to boxes. It is very relaxing and rewarding. All the items are unique and handmade.
All the wood I use is either re-claimed or off-cuts from joinery companies. I also use timber cut from friends and neighbours gardens.
I took up wood turning 20 years ago, but business, kids and rebuilding our farmhouse took all my time and I never pursued it. With more time on my hands now, I dug out my lathe, chisels etc, and got turning again.
A lovely piece of turned wood, not only looks good, but feels and smells good. The feel of the wood is just as important as the design. It's the second thing, after looking at it, that people do, is feel it.
There must be something primal that we like to feel nature.
Woodturning is my hobby, but I just cannot keep all that I make and there is a limit on what I can give away to friends and family.
I decided that I could sell some of the items I make to raise money for ME Research UK. My niece suffers for ME, so every little bit helps to improve ME sufferers lives. Please read Katrina’s story and see how it has affected her life.