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 Turning for Furniture and Restoration

The Turner's Workshop can undertake all aspects of woodturning for the furniture maker or restorer.

Double Barley Twist Posts- Click Image to see Close-up
Whether you need a single finial or drawer pull, a set of legs or spindles, I can meet your requirements, including the use more advanced techniques such as hand cut Barley Twists, Split Turning and Fluting. 

All work carried out in The Turner's Workshop is done in the traditional way by myself,  using hand tools on a lathe, I DO NOT use an automatic copy lathe. Because of this I can work in any species of timber and to any shape required within very close tolerances.

Oak Staircase Spindles Turned to match Original
Quotations can be given on request. To proceed with an order I will need a master part to copy from, a scaled drawing or a detailed sketch with dimensions.

If necessary I can supply timber or I am equally happy to use your own timber, providing it is properly prepared.

For more information or a quotation, please feel free to phone or email me on the details found on the Contact page.

Below are some examples of my work:

Staircase Restoration Work:

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 here


Roof finial
Greenhouse Roof Finial

A simple finial from a Victorian greenhouse. Turned from softwood, as was the original, which was in quite bad condition, as you can see from the image

Acorn finials
Acorn Finials

These finials were hand turned in Tulip as part of a shop fitting display. There were 100 in total

Copied finial
Copy of an Antique Clock Finial
To the left is the original Finial. The clock features a pair of finials and one was broken so I made a copy of the existing complete finial. The wood is believed to be Sycamore. This picture shows the finial unfinished before staining and French Polishing to match.

Drawer Pulls and knobs:

Mahogany Knobs with hand cut screw thread
Mahogany Knobs with Hand Cut Screw Thread

These Mahogany knobs feature a hand cut screw thread to match the customer's original, shown to the left. They were finished with a "Button Polish" (a type of French Polish) to match the original

Ebony knobs with Ivory insert
Ebony drawer pulls with Ivory insert

These knobs were sent to me in a rather sorry state. 3 had damaged rims and 5 had missing Ivory inserts. I used Ebony and Alternative Ivory (a plastic specially made to closely resemble the real thing) to bring them back to their former glory

Mahogany Knobs

More Mahogany Knobs

20 small knobs were made to an accurate drawing provided by the customer 

Table legs:

Tulip table legs

Tulip Table Legs

Made to a customer's specification, often called 'Farmhouse' style, these are suitable for any dining table. Tulip is particularly well suited to taking a paint finish

Beech table legs

Beech Table Legs

Also in the 'Farmhouse' Style, these Beech legs are chunky and have a robust feel to them

Sofa and Chair Legs:

Mahogany Sofa Legs

Victorian Style Sofa Legs

Made to the client's sketch based on photographs of a "Howard Style" Victorian sofa leg, these were turned, stained a deep Mahogany colour and French Polished to suit the period style of the sofa they are to fit.

Oak Bun Feet
Beech Bun Feet

Turned to a client's design, these were turned from Beech and are  90mm diameter and 45mm high. Two sets are finished with clear lacquer, three sets are stained Mahogany and then clear lacquered.

Supplied with necessary fixings including stud screws and hammer in inserts

Carved, coloured and polished sofa leg
Sofa leg, carved, coloured and polished to match

The original leg, shown on the left, was made in Rosewood and was badly damaged. I made a replacement in Sapele, carving the details by hand, then staining and polishing it to match the original

Double twist reproduced in Beech
Footstool stretcher with twist

This footstool stretcher needed reproducing with a very challenging hand cut twist. The original had suffered from a woodworm attack. The replacement in Beech will be stained, finished and refitted by my client. Shown with a selection of the tools used to reproduce it

Windsor legs
Stretchers for Windsor style chair

These stretchers are for a Windsor style chair. The replacements are shown here with the originals. They are stained and polished to match

Mass produced chair with replaced legs and stretchers
Chair repair

This mass produced Windsor style chair had 2 missing legs and stretchers. Replacements were turned and fitted, ready for the customer to refinish and put the chair back in to use

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