Welcome to the Mike Pool – Woodturner website

Me, beside my new Lathe

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 25 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 and 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.

Two of my favourite pieces

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 with advice, his shop also sells woodturning tools and accessories.

I am also available for woodturning demonstrations for WRI or Church Guilds etc and I have a small Selbix lathe, and stand that I can bring along with me, I would 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 one 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.