The Bute Woodspoiler
Handmade Wood Turning
"The wood always dictates the final form"
I started wood turning in the 1960's, whilst at school on the Isle of Wight. My father and uncle were creative craftsmen, with a large workshop making pottery and turned items for sale in their retail shop.
Pottery, ceramics and hand crafted wooden items were constantly produced in the winter months for sale to the masses of holiday makers who descended each summer on the town of Ventnor in the south of the Isle of Wight.
Now residing on the beautiful Isle of Bute, off the West Coast of Scotland, after a hiatus of some 50 years, but encouraged by the Covid lockdown, I have returned to wood turning (or "wood spoiling" ) as it was described by my woodwork master at Sandown Grammar School in the 60's. His constant rhetoric of "measure twice, cut once" has remained in my memory for half a century.
The inspiration of seeing the finished item, emerging from a mystery blank of wood constantly encourages me to improve and strive for a greater standard of workmanship.