I was born in London, England in 1950 and became a professional
musician by the age of sixteen. I met my wife, Iona
in the United States and married her
in London in 1972. That Christmas I was given a lathe
attachment for my Black & Decker drill by my wife
and began what I thought then to be my hobby.
was basically self taught. In 1975 I became a U.S. resident.
I was stunned by the imagination and the artistry of
the woodturners in this country. My focus and major
concentration has been on large burlwood Vessels and
Wall Sculptures and Sculpted Wall Mirrors and Orbital
1983 my wife and I owned a gallery for a year and found
it to be not as easy as it looks. I became
a US Citizen in 1993 and feel honored to be an American.
feel a tremendous importance and responsibility each
time I begin a new piece. Pondering a burl that was
once a living part of a tree, I treat the cutting of
it like a diamond. Knowing this piece of wood was and
can be again a thing of beauty, Im obliged to
the wood, its not obliged to me.
I look at the surface of the wood it seems to dictate
what form it should be. The piece I turn could probably
outlive me, thus, I know how important what I make might
creating music, youre creating out of thin air.
Theres no material that youre working with
when you begin. Its like magic, appearing from
thin air. When youre working with a solid object
like a piece of tree, you can only do it once. The responsibility
is therefore greater than creating a new song which
can be wiped out and started again.
music on stage is instantaneous. Any movement you make
is done and
gone. Its just a feeling at that time. If someone
asked me why did you play that thing at that part
after the show or performance I would say, what part?
Theres no magic at one part. The whole thing is
what really matters. I feel in turning wood the importance
is in the whole piece, not the part. Not the neck, the
bead, or the foot.
wood for me began as an outlet. Fun in just using the
lathe. I could spend hours as my wife would say making
toothpicks. Now, woodturning challenges
me and I find myself in the midst of the beginning of
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