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This short video demonstrates the various stages involved with creating large, holow forms.
Several weeks work are represented in these few seconds.
Disclaimer: Please feel free to try this at home folks - just don't blame me if it goes horribly wrong!
Phil has been woodturning since 1989, drawn by the magic of revealing the inner qualities and grain hidden within each unique piece of timber, and has experimented with a considerable range of woods and shapes.
Quickly becoming impatient with the limits of a conventional lathe, designing and building his own lathe soon became the only way to accommodate the ambitious sections of tree that he wanted to turn. Working on this scale presents enormous challenges: designing and making his own tools, learning how to weld in the process, handling the weight and working with such massive sections of timber, and the difficulties of perfecting the smooth, simply flowing curves on such large pieces.
"Each piece is a carefully considered response to the yield and form of a particular tree - each varies in hardness, wetness and colour. Whether native timbers such as ripple sycamore, apple and yew, or exotic rich-red Australian Burr, the history of the tree itself and its imperfections, the texture of a knot, the patterns of disease, the way the tree has bent to accommodate the winds are all evident in the wood. Working on such a large scale, and with simple, natural forms, allows the inherent qualities of each piece to speak for itself. Each piece is totally unique.
Phil's work is exhibited in several Galleries in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, and some pieces in private collections in the UK & NZ
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