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NICK AGAR Nick Agar has become one of the most sought-after instructors, workshop leaders and seminar presenters on the world’s woodturning stage. He is one of the most creative makers in the field and has an unsurpassed knowledge and understanding of the many processes that are now used in this creative medium. Specialising in surface enhancement and renowned for his wall sculptures, his award-winning work often incorporates carving, airbrushing, ceramic and metal effects. Contact

T: 07974 829 120



NICK ARNULL Nick Arnull is particularly well known for his pioneering work in creating coloured and textured items, some of which are included in his book ‘Contemporary Woodturning Techniques and Projects’. He has also produced two DVDs, and his ‘Nesting Boxes’ are in the Daniel Collection on display at Wizardry in Wood. Having always had a driving ambition to become a full-time artist, discovering the joy of making three dimensional tactile objects gave Nick an outlet for his creativity, allowing him to produce both decorative and functional items. An early background of Art School, ceramics and masonry has helped Nick create textured and coloured turned wooden objects. The routine and discipline of spindle work allows him to focus on technique, while thinking freely about ideas that may one day become finished pieces.



SALLY BURNETT “I am a designer-maker in wood, glass and ceramic. For many years I specialised in the design and manufacture of glass vessels and panels and large ceramic installations, for both private and commercial clients. “More recently I have become fascinated with wood, particularly creating work from freshly felled trees, timber known as green wood, a living material that moves and twists as you work it. The shapes and textures that can be created are endless. “It is a material which can be used to create both practical items and artistic creations. It can be manipulated by the artist but the many inclusions, knots and grain patterns often dictate shape and design, forcing the artist to reconsider a piece during the making process. It is both a pleasure to work green wood and a challenge.” Contact

T: 07966 499 716



RICHARD CHAPMAN Richard Chapman gained his passion for wood from carpentry lessons at school. Apart from these, his amazing skill and inspiration are self-taught. Platters, bowls and vessels are his mainstay, each one different and influenced by the pieces of wood that happen to be available. Local commissions have included a number for the staff, managers and tenants of the Sandringham Estate. The best cut of a sweet chestnut bole was used to create a rose bowl presented to the late Queen Mother on her 100th birthday. The same bole was also used to make a wedding present for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The joy is diversity and Richard has proved himself to be more than just a craftsman; he is a true artist. Contact

T: 01485 570 934


www.rmchapman.co.uk EXHIBITORS


ANGUS CLYNE Angus is a professional woodturner living and working in rural Scotland, producing wooden vessels and sculptures from his workshop in Perthshire. He always strives to produce work of the highest quality and integrity using locally sourced native wood. Angus joined the Register of Professional Turners in 1999, has exhibited widely throughout the UK, and has work in the permanent collections of the Shipley Art Gallery as well as the Scottish Parliament. All his work is started as wet wood. Some is partially turned, and then kiln dried for several months before being remounted and turned to completion. This eliminates the natural tensions in wood that can cause splits and cracking, making the finished work both flexible and stable, allowing it to cope with changes in humidity. Contact

T: 07775 811 280



ANDY COATES Andy Coates is a woodturner living and working in Suffolk where he runs a small gallery and workshop beside the river Waveney at Beccles. He works predominantly with locally sourced native timbers. He has a special passion for decorative and sculptural work; although he can often be found making anything from stair spindles, clocks and antique restorations to capping pieces for old church roofs. In 2012 Andy was chosen by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as a ‘Craft Success’ and was featured on the Government’s craft toolkit website. Andy has collectors on three continents, and was commissioned to produce the prize for a national craft award in 2013. Contact


T: 07951 879 617




PAUL COKER Paul Coker has been a professional turner since 1986, specialising in ornamental and rose engine work and he is also a very capable plain turner. Much of his work is physically quite small but can be very elaborate and intricate, sometimes taking months to complete, for example the chess sets he is noted for. Working mostly to private commission in the UK and Europe, his work is not to be found in galleries. Paul joined the Register of Professional Turners in 1987, and was commissioned by the Turners’ Company to make its 70th and 80th birthdays gifts for Queen Elizabeth II. He is the winner of multiple awards, and has given many talks over the years to woodturning groups, specializing in the history and techniques of ornamental turning. Contact

T: 01536 712 542



MELVYN FIRMAGER Artist woodturner, teacher and demonstrator – creator of ‘Sea Flower’ internationally recognised multiple rim vessels. Melvyn has taught students from over thirty countries and travelled the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, France and Luxembourg demonstrating his techniques. He has also been featured in numerous private and public art collections and museums across the USA. Contact

T: 01934 712 404


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DENNIS HALES Dennis Hales works with locally grown sycamore, holly, ash and maple. The white woods offer a natural canvas on which to incorporate a wide range of finishing techniques. Turned, carved and textured surfaces finished with water soluble dyes, pigments and metal leaf are used to enhance the natural features of the wood whilst achieving a sympathetic balance of form and finish. His work includes fruit displays, sycamore bowls embellished with silver leaf and wall plates of ash and copper. It is sold through galleries, exhibitions and craft society events. Dennis has recently appeared on ITV’s ‘Sixty Minute Makeover’. Contact

T: 07887 555 924



MICK HANBURY Mick Hanbury was born in Cyprus, the son of a soldier, and travelled around Europe for most of his childhood. He spent a lot of time in Germany and hence is fluent and can teach in German. Mick started his career as a cabinet maker, when he made all manner of wooden artifacts. Around twenty years ago he took up woodturning and since then has grown in stature to be one of the finest artistic turners. Mick demonstrates at local and national shows in England, the USA, Germany and Ireland and at woodturning clubs throughout the UK. Contact


T: 07973 441 175




MARK HANCOCK “My work is more an exploration of line and form than an effort at an artistic statement and it continues to amaze me how each minute refinement of a curve can alter the character of a piece. “This originally evolved into a series of work with hollow vessels based around a vase design with exaggerated rims that are partly removed and shaped. The inspiration for these came from the image of a falling drop of water, hence the Drop Series, with the incising giving each piece a sense of movement. The use of sycamore allows the form to take prominence. This series became my trademark work.” Mark’s work features in numerous private collections worldwide. Contact

T: 07747 195 404



REG HAWTHORNE Reg Hawthorne is based in the Cotswolds where he uses local timbers and exotic woods to turn a variety of objects, including boxes, Fabergé-style eggs, vases and bowls. Over the years, Reg’s work has become more ornamental in style and he loves to experiment with effects such as simulated enamelling. “Like most people, at the beginning I turned almost anything but found that I was constantly looking for different challenges. I could never just produce bowls or hollow forms. I am constantly looking for something new. A home-built rose engine has added further scope for experimentation.” Contact

T: 01451 831675


www.reghawthorne-woodturner.co.uk EXHIBITORS


LOUISE HIBBERT “All of my work begins with extensive visual research, sketching and a technical scaled drawing. Many of my pieces evolve from shapes with organic bisymmetry and the turning technique allows me to effectively create these forms. “I find that using the lathe gives my work rhythm and balance, almost like a structural backbone within each piece. I then begin carving, texturing and applying airbrushed inks, resins or metals to create the intricate details. “Inspiration for me has always been dominated by a fascination with the natural world, particularly marine life, microscopic creatures, insects, plants and fossils, which together offer a fantastic repertoire of imagery.” Contact

T: 07546 494 799



SIMON HOPE Simon has been woodturning from the age of eleven and, at the age of twentysix, he was one of the youngest to be on the Register of Professional Turners. Simon is well known for his turned bagpipes and he uses modern tools, like gun drill bits, to obtain highly polished bores for the very best sound. Combined with age old hand turning skills, the finished pipes really do stand out from the crowd! The pipes are completed with a shellac (French polish) that gives a fine hard wearing finish that shows the beauty of the timber without looking varnished.



T: 07747 817 277




KEVIN HUTSON “My first experience with woodturning was thirty-five years ago with a small modest drill attachment lathe. “I was completely enthralled by the different shapes and configurations that could be achieved. I progressed from this lathe on to a larger and more professional machine. “Having turned conventional shapes for a period of time, I found the need to advance towards more aesthetic shapes. I now blend subtle tones of colour to emphasise the variety of grain found in wood. Each piece is finished using a process based on applying a mixture of natural oils such as danish oil and liquid paraffin, over a period of three days.” Contact

T: 07958 663 294



PHIL IRONS Each piece that Phil Irons creates is unique in form and colour, with the source materials personally selected from tree surgeons and firewood merchants. The artworks are created from choice cuts of trees, turned and finished in a way to maximise the natural beauty of the grain and textures from within the wood. Phil has turned exquisite vases for many years, and created some wonderful one-off masterpieces from his studio workshop in Warwickshire. His expertise in the field has led him to write books on the subject and to travel the world demonstrating and teaching his techniques. Contact

T: 01789 751 284


www.philirons.com EXHIBITORS


RICHARD KENNEDY “I am a self-taught woodturner who is interested in the development of woodturning as an art form as well as maintaining the highest standards of the craft. “My work varies depending on many factors. Inspiration comes from looking at the world around me, be it a walk with the dog or a trip to see art. “I am keen to develop my own personal skills and to raise the awareness of woodturning in a similar way to that of glass and ceramics. I work in the west of Scotland where I run a small gallery. Being isolated from many influences in my field means that my work is highly original.” Contact

T: 0191 384 3417



RAY KEY “My work embraces minimalism; my quest is to produce objects of beauty and elegant simplicity. “I am a great believer of the object as a whole, not a disjointed assemblage of different ones. ‘Keep it simple stupid’, ‘let the wood speak for itself’ and ‘if in doubt, leave it out’ are my design bywords.” In 2012 the Worshipful Company of Turners presented Ray Key with its first ever Master in Turning award. In 2015 Ray was awarded the BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the craft of woodturning. Contact


T: 01386 830 142




STUART KING The quiet greenwoods and hamlets of the Chiltern Hills, provided all my childhood education and my thrills. My father’s workshop was my playground, His whirring spinning lathe my favourite sound. Using my brains, my hands and head, I began making wooden things, to provide me with bread. There were gypsy flowers and good Windsor chairs, Also dibbers and spoons and candlesticks made in their pairs. My work has straddled the down-to-earth traditional, from chair bodging and bowls to the artistic original. I have studied, I have filmed, and lectured world wide, With demonstrations from Beverly Hills to the Clyde.� Contact

T: 01494 712 027



ELEANOR LAKELIN Brought up in a rural village in Wales, Eleanor Lakelin went on to work in education in Europe and West Africa before retraining as a cabinet-maker in 1995. For the last twenty years she has dedicated herself to working in wood and today she lives and works in London. In 2011 Eleanor jointly won the Cockpit Arts/Worshipful Company of Turners Bursary Award. This enabled her to set up a workshop at Cockpit Arts and concentrate on making contemporary sculptural forms and vessels. Eleanor uses both traditional and modern carving tools and techniques in her practice and only uses sustainable wood from trees felled in the British Isles. Eleanor has exhibited widely in the UK and also internationally. Recent exhibitions include Art Monte Carlo, Nature Lab at Design Miami/Basel and a collection of work showcased at the British House in Rio. Contact

T: 07944 811 675


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CARLYN LINDSAY Carlyn’s work is design led and inspirational. She is known for her bold and innovative use of coloured veneers which she laminates with hardwood to create striped blocks which she then turns. Central to Carlyn’s work is purity of form together with a demonstration of high levels of technical skills. Her work is informed by her studies through her designer-maker degree, but has many other influences; not least her growing up in Glasgow around ship building. Her work is sophisticated and elegant with no detail skimped, so that quality and function are absolute. Carlyn began her business with help from the Prince’s Youth Business Trust in 1989. She is a regular demonstrator and teacher. A winner of numerous awards and bursaries, Carlyn’s work is included in private collections and galleries all over the UK and abroad. Contact

T: 07941 676 945



STUART MORTIMER Following his retirement from the police, Stuart won several National competitions after which he started to demonstrate, judge and write for national and international magazines. His reputation grew at home and abroad. He is now well known and admired in international woodturning circles for his variety of work, fresh ideas and spiral work. Stuart travels widely, attending seminars and exhibitions as a sought- after teacher and demonstrator. He was recently commissioned to make six finials for the celebration thrones for Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as seen on television. The thrones are now in the Permanent Royal Collection. Stuart was awarded Master in Turning by the Worshipful Company of Turners in 2014. Contact


T: 01264 889 016




GARY RANCE Since becoming self-employed in 1987, Gary has made his mark on the woodturning scene, with success in competitions, articles of his work in various woodworking magazines, and demonstrating for trade companies. Gary has approximately four hundred customers, including suppliers to Harrods and Liberty. He has produced work for the homes of the late Duke of Westminster and British celebrities. Gary has also produced tools for the woodturner, notably his round skew chisels. He can turn his hand to spindle turning, bowl turning, hollow forms and twists and will make anything from a lace bobbin to a billiard table leg. Contact

T: 07759 116 937



JOEY RICHARDSON Joey Richardson, an internationally acclaimed turner, is renowned for her delicate and richly hued wood forms. Her work is inspired by nature, life experiences and imagination drawn from her inner self. By exploring and illustrating stories through symbolic form and repeated motifs she creates a soul for each unique piece. Her sculptures are held in many collections and can be seen in numerous museums and exhibitions all around the world. She regularly teaches and demonstrates her techniques globally. Joey, a Liveryman of the Turners’ Company, is one of the leaders of the artistic wood movement which is developing in the UK. She received a Turners’ Company Bursary Award in 2005 and, seven years later, was awarded a QEST/Carpenters’ Company scholarship, followed by the prestigious QEST Award of Excellence. Contact

T: 07788 143 244


www.joeyrichardson.com EXHIBITORS


MARK SANGER “My work is free flowing and of simple form. I believe that it should evolve from the here and now, from the initial idea to completion. I may have an idea about what I am going to create, but beyond this my mind is kept open and receptive to changes that evolve along the way. On occasions my work may take a different path to that originally intended. “This method allows me freedom as I work. Often an unexpected change happens for a reason and should be embraced. This is a major part of the creative process and for me is the difference between freedom of expression and constraint. Wood, mixed media, texture, form and colour feature in my work, which is influenced by Far Eastern philosophies and cultures as well as the natural forms and textures found in nature.” Contact

T: 01747 821 644



LES THORNE At forty-eight years old, Les Thorne has spent the whole of his life involved in the timber industry, first as a saw doctor then as a company director and now as a woodturner. Les has developed ‘No Turning Back’ into a successful hand turning business taking commissions both large and small, both in terms of size and production runs. Over the last eighteen years Les has put a lot of time into developing his presentation and teaching and is sought after for his demonstration skills in the UK, America and Europe. A tool developer, magazine article contributor and DVD maker - Les is always kept busy both in the workshop and out on the road. Contact


T: 07788 627 205




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Wizardry in Wood 2016 Exhibitors  

Featuring Nick Agar, Sally Burnett, Richard Chapman, Angus Clyne, Andy Coates, Paul Coker, Melvyn Firmager, Dennis Hales, Mick Hanbury, Mark...

Wizardry in Wood 2016 Exhibitors  

Featuring Nick Agar, Sally Burnett, Richard Chapman, Angus Clyne, Andy Coates, Paul Coker, Melvyn Firmager, Dennis Hales, Mick Hanbury, Mark...