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I am a professional woodturner based in Wiltshire, a member of the Registry of Professional Turners and the Association of Wood Turners of Great Britain. I have also got a Certificate of Education qualifying me to teach.
I first learned to turn many years ago at school but didn't take it up again until 2004 and fell in love with it all over again. For several years I turned purely as a hobby then I began selling a few pieces and so when I was made redundant in 2008 I began doing it professionally. I have now graduated to the point where turning and turning related activities provide my sole source of income Wood turning is, in my opinion both a crafting skill and an art form and I endeavor to reflect this in my work. I often use unusual woods, where safe, to make items that are practical and useful and, where possible, work with the wood to allow its natural beauty to speak for itself.
Wherever possible I use woods that are either native to the UK or are grown and felled here. I have a number of different sources which range from a furniture factory to the hedgerows around us and so many of my pieces may be of woods that are not always commercially available.
I often incorporate other materials into my work and collaborating with a jeweller has opened up a number of potentially interesting avenues of work and creation.
Whilst, as a professional turner I am happy to make anything that can be made on a lathe my specialities are goblets, crafting tools and artistic items made from wood that many would consider too far gone to be of use.
The name Bodrighy Wood comes from the name of the house I was born in on the Lizard in Cornwall.