Here are a whole collection of beautifully finished pieces by the Carmarthenshire based wood turner.
These are individually turned works using selected sustainably sourced woods and each named to suit its style and character.
I have always revered trees and loved the look and feel of wood, in its natural form and when it has been well-worked. My approach to being a wood artist is to discover the nature of each piece of wood as I turn it and to work with it, not against it. Each piece should feel wonderful to the touch and have appealing proportions â€“ but especially individuality.
If you work with natural materials, I believe it is vital to allow them to speak for themselves.
Every piece of wood has its own beauty, which I strive to reveal as I turn it; sometimes it is a surprise what can be uncovered in a seemingly plain piece of timber. That is what makes each of my woodturnings unique, never to be repeated.
I endeavour to create wood art with a contemporary twist. I hope that it can be seen as an artform â€“ never purely utilitarian or just a vehicle for applied decoration.
Originally a leather craftsman more than 20 years ago, I learnt the importance of understanding the feel of the material, how far you can tame its shape and form, and the extra quality that can be imparted to a crafted object by the precision of the craftsman and the care and attention devoted to the finish. One-off items that I created then are still being used and appreciated now.
All the wood I use is sourced either from reputable dealers where they use sustainable sources for exotic and native timber, or gathered myself from fallen branches or trees felled by tree surgeons for safety or woodland sustainability reasons.
I work from Wobbly Bottom Studio. Originally based in Devon, my studio is now in Carmarthenshire overlooking a beautiful valley with views towards the Brechfa Forest.
As well as selling through a carefully selected handful of galleries across Wales and the Westcountry, I have exhibited my work at The Great Create Festival of the Arts held at the National Trust property Greenway House in Devon, once the home of Agatha Christie.
Born in Aldershot, I moved to Devon with my parents when they took over a village post office and tea garden.
While still at school, I became interested in photography and music.
After a variety of jobs, including stage management, I decided I wanted to work with my hands producing high quality items. So, newly married, I became a self-taught leather craftsman, working out of the tiny front room in our first house. I also engineered custom bikes and drummed in a number of successful, semi-professional bands, as well as having a full-time career in Information Technology.
A birthday present of a one-to-one woodturning course with North Cornwall-based and well-established Devon Guild of Craftsmen woodturner â€“ and wood technician â€“ Don White gave me the opportunity to return to using my hands creatively, using natural material. I havenâ€™t looked back since then, and have been woodturning ever since.
I like to challenge myself with something new in each piece I produce, so every one is truly unique and its shape and form is informed by how that piece of wood â€˜speaksâ€™ to me. My ideal is marrying wood artistry with a quality finish, while allowing the beauty of the wood itself to shine through.