Welcome, I am a retired Technical Teacher with over 30 years experience teaching in a Secondary School, in the West of Scotland. I live just outside Kilmarnock, and my workshop is beside my house. I offer private lessons on a one to one basis for beginners to intermediate turners.
Originally, turning was a small part of my job and it was something that I really enjoyed. About 30 years ago, I bought a Myford Mystro Lathe and this has proved to be an excellent machine. I now also have an Omega Stubby S1000 lathe which I had shipped over from Australia. I can turn some very large pieces on this machine but, it has a small footprint for a machine of this size.
Most of my work is sold at craft fairs, I also take commissions, and on occasions, will display my work in shops and galleries.
My favourite timber is Yew, which has amazing colouration and takes a very good finish, it works very well. I also like burrs and any spalted wood.
I use any timber available, mostly native, although I do buy some exotics from suppliers such as Charlie at ‘Just Wood’, Limekiln Road, Ayr, on the west coast. Tel No. 01292 290008. Charlie has a website:-justwoodonline.com and you will find him very helpful, and informative for advice. His shop also sells woodturning tools and accessories.
I am also available for woodturning demonstrations to WRI groups or Church Guilds etc. I have a Nova Comet 2 Midi lathe, and stand, that I bring along with me. I also bring along a small selection of my work for sale at such events.
The items pictured on these pages are for ideas only. If you wish to purchase anything, please contact me and I will make the item as near the pictured one as possible.
I hope you enjoy my site and if I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me.