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Born in India, I was raised on a farm in Kent where her learned a love for the outdoors and working with my hands. I spent a lot of time getting under my father's feet in his workshop and picked up a lot about wood in the process.
I was first captivated by turning at school where I was taught the very basics but never had the opportunity to develop it further. Despite a brief and not very successful attempt at retrying turning in 2007 with the purchase of my first lathe, it was not until my retirement from the army after a 33 year career that things looked up.
As part of my resettlement, I undertook a course with the Internationally renowned Master Turner, Stuart Mortimer, whose work continues to inspire me to this day. With Stuart's encouragement and support, I rekindled my love of turning and became a full time turner in 2018.
As I continued to develop, I took the plunge and turned professional in 2019 with the launch of my company Butterwood. I was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners later the same year.
Specialising in segmented designs in exotic hardwoods, I also enjoy crafting pieces from domestic woods that make the most of its natural beauty.
I derive huge pleasure from sharing my passion for the craft and run training and taster sessions from my workshop in the Avon Valley.
My work has been exhibited locally and I am a regular on the Salisbury Arts Scene and Hampshire Open Studios.
I undertake commissions and recently created a piece for the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch at the Guild Hall in London that was auctioned in aid of service charities.
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