My interest in wood-turning began almost 30 years ago when the memsahib requested some lace bobbins. “If I buy you a lathe” she said ” will you make me some ?” Now, as any woodturner knows, for every completed bobbin there are two broken ones on the workshop floor so my focus rapidly moved to the more satisfying area of bowl turning.
I work predominantly in native hardwoods such as elm, beech and oak, although soft woods such as yew and native fruit woods like greengage and cherry also feature in my work.
Many unique pieces are turned from burrs of elm and oak where the natural surface is retained as the edge of the bowl.
Alternately natural edge hollow vessels are turned using a special technique where the solid piece of burr is hollowed out through the small aperture at the top- an exacting and tricky procedure
One of the most popular pieces are the toadstools made from pieces of elm or burr where the natural surface of the burr forms the bottom of the toadstool giving a “natural” look.
In addition to my wood turning and watercolour landscapes painting I also play things with strings on guitar; mandola and ukulele as one half of ‘Stitherum’, a folk and acoustic duo and can be found playing at many folk clubs and festivals around the country.
all images © Mike Dewsbury