The turned items shown on the pages here are a sample of Paul’s woodturning, produced in his workshop in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. There is a selection of individual turned wooden bowls, vases, goblets etc. some are purely decorative and some are functional. Each one is hand turned and great attention is paid to the form and finish with the aim that each piece is both pleasing to the eye and tactile. Paul’s woodturning also includes pieces enhanced with texturing, carving or colour so the permutations open to the woodturner are almost endless. Feel free to browse the woodturning gallery pages or woodturning shop and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. If you are unable to find what you want, specific commissions can be produced if required. Contact Paul for more details and to discuss your requirements.
Wood for the Woodturner
Paul uses many different species of timber for turning and the main focus is on artistic or creative woodturning. Wood is the material of choice both for its unique characteristics and properties and because of its seemingly endless variations in appearance and character. Wood is not only the raw material but also the inspiration for many of the pieces produced.
A wide range of different types of wood are used for woodturning, both locally grown in the UK and imported. The imported timbers are obtained through reputable suppliers who use managed sources.
Exhibitions and Outlets
Dates of exhibitions where some of Paul’s woodturning can be seen are shown on the woodturning events page.
Woodturning Demonstrations and Tuition
Paul is also available for demonstrations for other woodturners, talks and tuition.
Woodturning demonstrations can be tailored to suit different subjects and audiences. Contact Paul for further details and availability. More information on woodturning courses and tuition can be found at Paul’s woodturning for woodturners website.
What is Woodturning?
Simply put, woodturning is the use of a lathe to spin a piece of wood to allow it to be cut to a circular shape.
The technique dates back many thousands of years and the wood turning lathe is thought to be one of the oldest machines invented by man. Ancient woodturning lathes would have been powered by a bow and machines of this type are still in use in some parts of the world. An alternative drive method was used with the pole lathe where a flexible branch was used as a spring to store energy and a basic treadle attached by a piece of string to the branch and round the piece of wood being turned. Again, wood turning lathes of this type are still in use.
However, the majority of woodturners these days use a lathe with an electric motor but which ever method is used to drive the piece of wood when turning, the basic principles remain the same.
The tools are hand held by the turner, rather than rigidly mounted and a skilled woodturner can produce flowing curves and intricate detail by eye and by feel, resulting in something that is unique, tactile and functional.