I have been interested working in wood for many years, a medium that is fascinating to work with. Working with wood is something I inherited from my father and I still use many of his original tools. For many years I concentrated on antique furniture restoration after studying under Barry Honeybone, a well-known furniture restorer in Herefordshire. In about 1998 I became interested in woodturning after turning some small bun feet for a chest of drawers, but it is an area which I now love and spend most of my time doing. When I first started turning I had lessons from Jimmy Clewes, now a leading turner in the States, learning the basics and then going on to look at hollow forms. Since beginning woodturning I have studied with leading British turner Tracy Owen, with Nikos Siragas in Crete where I concentrated on woodturning that incorporated carving. More recently I have had Master Classes with Nick Arnul and Irish woodturner Joe Laird. I always believe that when you wish to learn a new technique then the best way to start is by taking advice and instructions from an expert. Currently I am concentrating on making bowls, hollow vessels and what might be termed “wood art”, incorporating differing techniques by carving, colouring or pyrography. However, the main focus of my work is always the wood and shaping it in a way that will bring out its natural beauty. The majority of my work is done using local wood. Each piece of wood is always different and the results are always a revelation and very tactile. It is a very addictive art form. In 2008 I joined Galloway Woodturners becoming Secretary in 2010 and Chair from 2015. In 2009 I joined the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain qualifying as a tutor in 2016. I am also a member of the American Association of Woodturners.