For the last couple of years I have been learning the art of wood turning. My father, based in
Leintwardine, took up turning when he retired and now I am following in his saw-dusty
One of the aspects of turning that continues to intrigue me is the multitude of ways in which
wood varies. Wood from different trees is just the start of it: wood from the same branch or
trunk can vary in colour, pattern, the way it behaves when turned and the type of chips that
the turning process produces. I’ve recently been turning some bog oak which is very brittle,
throws off a fine dusk when turned and is practically black; which makes it such a wonderful
contrast with woods like Laburnum.