Woodturning in the Scottish Borders
New polelathe pictures added
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what you think of the site or if you find any problems
Fundamentally, I enjoy working with wood.
I tend to use a natural finish allowing the character of the grain to show through. Natural edges are attractive. I love wood with character, holes are fine but you can't use the bowls for soup, "flaws become features", if you want perfection then don't use a natural product like wood.
I first started woodturning using a pole-lathe deep in the depths of
Wooplaw Woods, our local community woodland. I mainly use local hardwood from the Scottish Borders.
It's sometimes easier to obtain a tree locally, that's if you can deal with it,
than wood ready for the lathe. A lot cheaper and more personal, you know
where the object you make from it came from. I can even tell you where the bees live that
make my polish. You either like these individual details or else find it all a
(Either way, the bees live in Selkirk)
When my legs got too tired I graduated onto a small power lathe and began turning a wide variety of objects from fruit to pens to lamps. Later I bought a larger lathe and now prefer to turn bowls giving me the ability to produce shavings in industrial quantities.
I still demonstrate the pole-lathe at local events including the Hawick Reivers' day and the Border Union Show at Kelso.
Hopefully you'll find something of interest in the site. Let me know.