Archive | bowls and bowlturning

a new lathe

The swallows are happily feeding young now. It has been a busy couple of weeks with turning the big bowls for Ridley Scotts film Nottingham and then I needed to build a new lathe bed for my mobile lathe. The old one lasted about 12 years and the uprights or poppits as they are called […]

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project M

Its been a busy time so I have a few things to post. First is “project M.” I have been corresponding with my friend Tomio Imaru in Japan and he sent me some lovely Japanese bowls. I am always interested in how designs of bowls develop along with the food they are used for, Tomio […]

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wooden bowls for Ridley Scott film

I just received an order to make some bowls for Ridley Scott’s next film which is set in the 12th century and called Nottingham. It has been billed as “The Galdiator version of Robin Hood”. I have been approached by folk looking for film props several times before but normally they want it tomorrow, have […]

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The worshipful company of turners

In medieval times the various craftspeople formed guilds to support each other in times of hardship, promote excellence in their craft and to protect the trade against outside competition. In London these guilds evolved into the worshipful companies and together they elected the Lord Mayor and played a major role in the running of the […]

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Its been a bit of a slow week as kids were off school Monday and Tuesday and everyone is full of flu. I have managed to get up to the workshop for a bit of therapeutic turning every now and then though. Yesterday I turned a ladle for the Mary Rose Trust, I first visited […]

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a bowl made by George Lailey

I was delighted to receive in the post yesterday a simple elm bowl made by George Lailey. For those that don’t know George Lailey was commonly known as “the last bowlturner”, he worked at Turners Green on Bucklebury Common near Reading until he died in 1958. Lailey was the last turner making bowls on a […]

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