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Architectural Woodturning

Oak spindles
Architectural woodturning is usually associated with the decorative details that finish off the joinery of a building. This can be anything from columns to porch posts, roof finials and grand staircases. I can work with joiners, builders or architects to produce these turned details for new or renovation work. I also have contacts in the joinery trade that I work with to produce a desired end result.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss your plans and designs.

Below are some examples of my work:


Porch posts and gallery
Hardwood Porch

Made in Sapele, I designed this porch with the client and my joiner to produce this beautiful result. The original porch had been installed by the house builder using poor quality materials and poor design and finish. This new porch will stand the test of time, being made from the finest quality hardwood, installed by an experienced joiner and finished by a professional decorator

Turned porch posts
Softwood Porch

This porch was also beginning to show it's age, the back half-posts were still in good condition so I turned 2 replacement main posts to match, which were installed and finished by the client

Staircase Work:

Stair Spindles
Stair Spindles

Stair spindles can be made to match an original, from a single spindle to a whole staircase full.
The spindles in the picture are softwood but any timber can be used to suit the job in hand

Stair spindles with hand cut twist
Hand cut Barley Twist on Oak Spindles

These 22 Oak stair spindles were for the restoration of a listed manor house in Cheshire. The originals may be up to 200 years old. These were hand turned and carved to match the original, shown at the front of the image

Walnut feature newel posts
Walnut feature newels

These feature newels were turned for a grand staircase in a London residence.  They feature hand carved bases, flutes and the main newel - pictured centre - has a carved newel cap. Designed and installed by my client

Fluted Coloumn in Pine
Fluting Detail on a Pine Column

This image shows a detail on a small column turned to match a client's existing column. This was also made as a split turning for a planted decoration

Pine Newel PostsPine Newel Posts
These Newel Posts were made to a customer's design for 2 new staircases in an old property. The smallest one is 1175mm an the largest is 2750mm. All are made in 2 sections with an invisible joint


Replacement finial for Gotham Well House
Replacement Roof Finial

This Oak finial was made to replace the old finial from the roof of the Well House in Gotham Village in Nottinghamshire, which was refurbished in 2016 to restore it to it's original 1800s design


Large softwood finials
Large Softwood Ball Finials

Commissioned for a shop frontage, these finials sit on top of columns. Laminated for strength and stability, ready for painting by the customer

Hardwood roof finialsHardwood roof finials
This pair of roof finials were from a Victorian railway station on the Great Central Railway and turned to match the original in the centre.

Softwood roof finialsSoftwood roof finials
This pair of roof finials were replacements for a house in Scotland. Made to a photograph and measurements supplied by my client. They were supplied
unfinished to be finished and installed by a local joiner

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