Woodsmithery is a very small woodturning studio based in Pattingham, UK, out in the Staffordshire countryside.
By ‘very small’ I mean ‘one person’ – me – and by ‘studio’ I mean ‘single garage beside my house’. I tend to call it ‘the workshop’ because that’s mid-way between pretentious and… well… garage.
I started turning after my father-in-law one day brought over an old Rexon WL-12a lathe which he’d liberated from somewhere but didn’t have room for, and I’ve been messing around with wood ever since as well as selling a few bits and pieces in my friend’s shop in Ludlow, Shropshire (Eclectica website).
My workshop features most of the things I need – a bandsaw, chopsaw, various sanders, a dust extractor, the little Rexon and a mighty Union Graduate which handles the big stuff. To be honest there’s not a whole lot of room for me.
Most of the wood I use has been donated by friends, family and neighbours (for firewood as well as making stuff), so is often locally-grown, and because I have neither the patience or room to dry wood out for years I often turn things ‘green’ then try to dry them slowly. Some bits also come via the magic of eBay and I have a small stockpile of bowl blanks and other bits waiting in the workshop to have inspiration thrown in their general direction.
That’s about it, really. Exciting, eh?
If you’re from round these ‘ere parts and fancy something locally-made to keep your apples in or you’re from anywhere else in the world and want to help put bread on my table then please take a look at the Woodsmithery shop where something might just catch your eye. I’m adding new things reasonably regularly so feel free to bookmark this site and pop in again soon!