Here is a new design that I am really happy with, I turned them on the pole lathe on Friday and carved them yesterday. I enjoyed it so much I am off to the workshop today on a Sunday to make some more just for fun. The design is inspired by some that I have […]
A new film from Artisan Media hope you like it
Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution went out today on BBC 2 if you missed it this link to iplayer will work for a week or so (UK only I am afraid) and starts at 28 minutes in on the section with Paul learning to turn a bowl. http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01nd2h2/?t=27m41s It was a great days filming and we […]
I have been making some replicas of Tudor bowls from the Mary Rose, Henry VIIIs ship which sank in 1545. I spent many years helping the archaeologists studying the originals to understand how they were made and wrote up the chapters in the book “Before the Mast” After turning them on my pole lathe I […]
The past 2 weeks I have been turning in the workshop and loving it. This little bunch are in maple, sycamore, ash and hawthorn. The smaller ones are my normal size 3.5″ at the rim, these are perfect for a dram on your own or at their best passing round a group of friends perhaps […]
We have been working with the producers of this new BBC series since February and are quite excited about how it is looking. Today Paul Martin and crew came to film in my workshop for an episode which will air in October. He made a bowl and I carved the spoon, by the end of […]
My little tribute to the Olympics, well as a bowlturner how could I not? And I also wanted to share daughter Jojo’s latest spoon done entirely on her own, I am really very proud of her.
I was just coresponding with someone about traditional Scandinavian turned vessels and wanted to post a link to pictures of snibbskål online, I couldn’t find any so thought I would share some pics I took in museums in Sweden in 2003, turns out I remembered the spelling wrong and can now add links to lots […]
Just a quick snap of a mazer before it was posted off today. This one is made of field maple with a sterling silver rim.
Today I have been making quaichs, the traditional vessel for drinking whisky. I have often wondered how many cuts on the lathe it takes to turn a bowl, today I know, 696 cuts on the lathe. Each depression of the treadle spins the quaich 3 revolutions and I make a spiral cut with the tool. […]