Woodturning by:

George Watkins

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When I was nineteen I went to a craft fair and got chatting to a woodturner, I don't know why but I knew there and then that I wanted to try woodturning, soon after that meeting I bought a small lathe and “had a go” with hindsight I wished I’d have had some formal lessons with a professional woodturner as those first few years were fraught with frustration and I very nearly gave up several times.

I have been turning now for approximately seventeen years. I specialise in turning hollow forms and vessels using mainly green/unseasoned wood, I also enjoy making boxes and platters sometimes incorporating resin or gold leaf techniques.

My main supply of wood is taken from two local tree surgeons, I enjoy talking to the tree surgeons and finding out where the wood has come from and why it has been removed. The majority of my wood is removed as part of a sustainable forestry management or sometimes trees or large limbs are removed if they are diseased or overhanging a road etc. If I didn't buy the wood it is sometimes sold for paper mulch or split and sold as firewood.