The chance opportunity to try out a friends lathe, which required assembly and mounting on a bench introduced Steve to the fascinating world of woodturning and he hasn’t looked back. Over the last 18 years or so Steve's natural talent and feel for the materials he works with has produced some inspirational work and in 2008 he took the plunge, and became a full time woodturner.
Where possible he works with locally sourced timber from sustainable sources for example from fallen or storm-damaged trees. Producing functional pieces such as bowls, platters, plates (treen), intricate decorative artistic pieces, sculptural works of art to hang on the wall or display on a table, and a variety of intriguing boxes and vessels. Experimenting with shapes and forms, which are influenced by the grain, inclusions, knots and holes and nature its self.
He is also in demand for commissioned pieces of various sorts, producing a variety of work from spindles and knobs for builders to finials and feet for antique repairers. He has turned lots of bowls and momentos from timber supplied by clients for family and loved ones, also a garden sculpture which included metal spun flowers. His focus on whatever he produces is shape, design and a pristine finish - whatever that finish is.
Steve is available for demonstrations around the area and throughout the South to woodturning clubs, W.I’s and other groups. Please contact Steve if you would like more information about him giving your group a demonstration.