About Us

ORIGINS

My love of wood is strongly influenced by my childhood. Growing up on a farm in Kent, I spent many of my early years playing in the surrounding woods. I owe much of my woodworking knowledge to my father who nurtured my interest in all things wood and tolerated the distraction of my presence in his workshop with good humour.

I first discovered turning at school but with only one lathe, time spent on it was very limited and I did not progress very far, but the seeds had been sewn.

Joining the army at 21, I found that regular house moves prevented the setting up of a proper workshop and it was not until I settled in my own house that I could think about revisiting turning.  I bought my first lathe in 2007 and started wood turning again, but quickly discovered that my ambition vastly exceeded my capabilities, and after converting many logs into hamster bedding, I was left with a number of third rate egg cups and a few 'useful pots to put things in'. However, I was hooked again.

FULFILLING A PASSION

On retiring from the army in 2017, I realised that to progress, I needed some formal instruction and took a course with the internationally renowned Master Turner, Stuart Mortimer. With Stuart’s guidance and encouragement, I became a full time turner in 2018 and turned professional in 2019 with the launch of Butterwood. I was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners later the same year. I am a member of the Artful Collective as well as being regular at the Salisbury Arts Scene Markets (held in the Market square on the first Sunday of the month from March to December). When the opportunity arises, I exhibit locally, including the Hampshire Open Studios, the Wylye Valley Art Trail, Salisbury Arts Scene Exhibitions and the Avon and Bourne Valley Art Exhibition.

Most recently, I entered the 2021 Wizardry in Wood run by the Worshipful Company of Turners where one of my entries came 2nd in the Felix Levy Open Competition.

THE BEAUTY OF WOOD

I particularly love working with exotic woods. The huge variety of colours and grains mean I can create pieces in contrasting hues and textures. I was very lucky to acquire a lifetime collection of wood from a retiring turner which included lots of offcuts which I had no clue what to do with until I was inspired to try segmented work. This has captivated me ever since.

Although I use a lot of tropical hardwoods, I am committed to using only sustainable timber from FSC approved sources. I also make use of naturally fallen or felled domestic trees when I can get my hands on them. We have some beautiful woods in the UK that are a delight to work with.

I have also found that I enjoy collaborating with my fellow artists and most recently have been working with Monica Wilson >to make a series of bowls featuring her signature Sterling Silver bees. Keen to share my passion, I started offering tuition this year and have really enjoyed the process. I also undertake commissions and am also happy to discuss the design and production of bespoke pieces from your own wood if suitable.