All of my work is bespoke and made to commission, either from drawings, sketches, photographs or from a physical sample of an original item. I have produced work for high-end brands, country houses, valuable antiques and to meet individual customers’ requirements. Below are examples of how my work is used. Please feel free to contact me with your project.
Architectural & Joinery
Whether internal or external, turned details can be a finishing touch to any project. Often exterior details can be found rotten and need replacing, interior turnings such as stair spindles and newel post finials can get damaged through wear and accidental damage. In either case, I can turn replacement items, just like the porch posts shown here. These softwood posts (two full and two half posts) replaced the rotten originals and were made from photos and measurements supplied by the customer. These were delivered to the customer ready for fitting and finishing.
Today, modern copy lathes can produce various twisted details within certain restricted parameters, but when a specific size, shape and pitch pattern is required to match traditionally made twists, then I can match them.
I have built a reputation for being able to produce the highest quality replicas of original work. The eight Oak spindles shown here were made for a local joinery company to match the original darker spindle.
Turning for Furniture
Whilst mass-produced furniture parts are cheaply available, hand-turned bespoke components like these Tulipwood table legs can be made to suit any style.
I can base designs on existing components, work from a picture or your own drawings or I can work with you to form new custom items.
From table legs to drawer pulls, finials to chair parts, any turned furniture component can be produced or reproduced.
I am able to turn, match and polish components that might be missing or damaged from much-loved pieces of furniture and antiques. In the case of the Beech and Elm Windsor chair pictured here, a number of the spindles were broken and missing. I turned, coloured and polished them to match the rest of the chair before reassembling it and wax polishing the whole thing to give it many more years of service, without making it look new, but reviving it and giving it a new lease of life.
Windsor chairs are a particular interest of mine, but I can work on anything from a single drawer pull to a complete chair.
Usually, I make bowls from seasoned timber, but this can limit the sizes available. The bowl shown here was made from a customer’s own Rowan log, from a tree taken down on her property. I rough turned it and allowed it to dry slowly before finishing it properly. This can be a hit-and-miss process but can produce wonderful results. Best when trees are cut down in the autumn.
Summer House Finials
Finials for almost any purpose are can be made to order, from very simple to more complex designs such as the one shown with an octagonal base to sit on top of a summer house. They can be made in a range of different timbers from Pine, Sapele or Accoya for painting or in Cedar to match shingle roofs.
I have made many custom trophies and awards, from simple backboards for plaques to turned bases and base extensions for existing trophies that have run out of space for more engraving.
The trophy shown here was made for the Ashes-winning England Women’s cricket team in 2005.
I am often asked to make things that can’t be categorised, such as these Sapele beer bottles. I am happy to undertake any weird or wonderful project that you can imagine.