The great storm of 1987 was a turning point in my life. I retired from being a doctor in an NHS General Practice to became a wood turner. I always had an interest in wood and the Great Storm presented me with an opportunity for a career change.
I bought my first tree from the National Trust at Box Hill in late 1987 and by the end of 1998 was supplying the Box Hill National Trust shop with turned products.
The link with the National Trust continues to this day and I now also supply the Royal Horticultural (RHS) shop at Wisley and the Dansel Gallery in Dorset.
I have had many exhibitions at National Trust properties, at Wisley, at Wizardry in Wood and supply a large private clientèle
Wood, for me, is a living thing and all my current work promotes the character of the wood. Decorations should, in my opinion, enhance rather than hide this living material. I like to use the shapes of the natural edge and the grain to create beautiful products to look at and use. I really enjoy the creative process in every piece I make and I hope you like the end product.
Most of my items are boiled during the making to reduce drying cracks and eliminate any diseases. The decorative items are sealed with several layers of Danish oil. The culinary items may need oil from time to time.