September 11, 2020

Can I … yes … do I want to … no!  Chess pieces represent two things I really don’t enjoy and I have therefore avoided for many years, and as I’m not a chess player there has never been an allure to make a set.

I’m no fan of production turning, making sure every element...

April 19, 2019

Life is about learning, each day presents a challenge, sometimes tiny, sometimes life changing, but a day when you don’t learn is a day wasted in my mind.

We remember those who have impacted on our lives but often forget to acknowledge them. I am fortunate to have kept...

September 29, 2018

Where does time go? It’s a question possibly asked since mankind became aware of the concept of one day followed by the next until your portion runs out.

My days seem to pass in hours, weeks in days and months in a fraction of what it really feels they ought to be, espe...

May 5, 2018

I love the quiet and rhythmic process of extracting a beautiful flowing form from a small piece of wood that may otherwise be too small for a major project. It’s also a great way of converting branches and growths into functional objects ensuring little material goes t...

March 29, 2018

An exhibition of works made from wood destined for the firewood pile, at best...

If it doesn’t work, throw it away. If you don’t like it throw it away. If it’s past its use-by date throw it away.

The modern world is filled with waste, driven by consuming the new, be it f...

February 21, 2018

Any woodworker worth their salt will, without hesitation, reply ‘yes’ when asked whether they’re interested in free wood.

I’m no different but like so many others, do I really need more wood… well, that’s a whole other conversation.

A tree next to my workspace finally ga...

December 23, 2017

This post began as a description of how my subconscious has been infiltrated by the large numbers of images of spoons I seem to see daily on social media and in wood magazines. I have often referred to images I see being entered in my cranial computer, where they lay d...

November 12, 2017

Having just spent a couple of fantastic days in our neighbouring state of South Australia demonstrating for the Northern Woodturners in Adelaide, I can now reflect what makes demonstrating so rewarding to me.

After many years of secondary school teaching I became consci...

October 23, 2017

As the title hints, there are two parts to this exhibition presented by the Victorian Woodworkers Association. There’s the fine woodwork component and Create from a Crate which focuses on the sustainable aspect of woodwork –reusing shipping crates or pallets.

I’m always...

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