The Wonder of Wood

Turning Timber into Treasure

This was an interesting project.

A gentleman contacted me and asked if I could make some parts for a Windsor chair. It has three broken spindles and the four legs had been shortened and where in poor condition, they also did not match very well.

I turned up the parts using a recently made centre steady. I returned them to the client and he was very happy with them. I asked him to send me a picture of the completed opus. I think you will agree that it is a very good restoration project.

Remember that I am available for commissions of all types of turning.

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I collected some green oak posts for my brother Keith last week. Having coped the tops and cut them to length we had some offcuts which Keith kindly gave to me.

Green Oak Offcut

I took these pieces of timber back and it was not long before I realised that they were in the way as there is not "Mushroom" in the shop. Sitting outside with the missus and a beer last night I noticed that our garden mushrooms where getting past there sell by date, well spalted and with fungus sprouting from them.

Old Mushrooms

 This gave me the idea to turn a couple of new ones from my new aquisitions. The timber proved perfect for the task with nice radial cracks and six inches in diameter. They turned well and look just the ticket with a couple of coats of teak oil.

Oak Mushrooms

  I have some more pieces to pick up and I think I will make a couple more. Maybe my bro would like one to match his new gate posts.


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I am delighted to have been invited by Wycombe Museum to demonstrate at their Chilterns' Traditional Arts and Crafts Day as part of the Wycombe Arts festival.

I will be taking a small lathe and demonstrating how to turn some small Items and promoting woodturning and the Middlesex Woodturning Association.

It promises to be a good day so why not come along and bring a picnic which you can enjoy in the museum grounds.

Entry to the event and the museum is free.

The details are below from the wycombe museum website:


Chilterns' Traditional Arts and Crafts
Sun 4 Jun 2017, 
12:00PM - 5:00PM

As part of Wycombe Arts Festival, join us for an afternoon celebrating some traditional crafts of the Chilterns and see the skills of some local crafts people at work.


Demonstrations will include:

  • Chair ‘bodger’, Maurice Eldridge demonstrating ‘log to leg’ wood turning with opportunities for you to have to ‘have a go’
  • Basket making and willow weaving from Christine Brewster at
  • Traditional woodcarving from Wooburn Craft School,
  • Chair caning by Wycombe Cane and Rush works
  • As well as straw plait, lace-making and more…


This event is free to enter and not ticketed. 

This day will also feature bookable workshops for children - Corn Dolly Workshop and Windsor Chair Workshops!

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