began woodturning in late 2003 having been given his first lathe as a surprise
40th birthday present by his wife. After a 3 day hands on course to
learn how to present a piece of steel to a whizzing lump of wood without
breaking his wrists, Matthew embarked on establishing his style which is to
present the wood in its best shape to emphasise its grain and highlight its
bark, sapwood and heartwood wherever possible ensuring that it can still be
identified as a piece of wood. He refuses to use stains and colours and works
with as wide a range of woods as possible to show off the natural beauty
of each piece. English wood varieties are mainly from local woods in Derbyshire
though some exotic species from sustainable sources are also used for their
beautiful grain and colour. Many pieces start life with one purpose but their
knots and soft and hard patches dictate what the piece finally appears as.
Matthew creates a large variety of products ranging from small spinning tops and colourful door wedges and crosses up through candlesticks, bowls and dishes to large platters and plates. Commissions have included a round box for long matches, a simple pot stand and a large mortar and pestle.
Also at Christmas Cottage you will find a selction of crochet blankets and products made by Nanny Meg which are combined into my new display layout
Woodturning at Christmas Cottage and April Cottage (self-catering sleeps 3) are members of EQM