Over the years, I have found that taking commissions are a great way for the customer to be able to discuss their thoughts and dreams and let me bring them to life. This can be either discussing what they would like me to make from wood I already have (or could obtain) or for me to take wood that has been felled for one reason or another and turn it into something lasting.
Either way, the results are very personal.
If you see anything in any of the sections on this site and would like to discuss a commission, I'd be very pleased hear from you.
A lovely Sycamore tree at the school where Amanda works needed to be felled.
A few parts of the trunk were OK to keep and I was able to make a great keepsake bowl for her - so the tree is gone, but not forgotten.
A Walnut tree in the garden of a local house had to be removed when an extension was added.
After discussions with the family, I made a series of useful items so that they can remember the walnut tree.
Having just moved into a new home, Ben needed a bowl to put keys etc. in - so he always knew exactly where they were.
This was the bowl.
An Apple tree was felled a few years ago to make room for a new garage.
After chatting about their wishes for preserving their love of the tree, I am - at present - turning a bowl (for Louise) and a goblet (for her husband).
To commemorate his "golfing mad" Dad's significant birthday and his retirement, AJ wanted a present with a difference.
This creation went down well with Dad and all the family.
When a ladies cricket team's trophy base was damaged, I was asked to make a new base which would be big enough to take small engraved names. This was the result.
When a local joiner was finishing an all wood Wine Bar, he asked me to make a couple of gifts for the owners.
These 2 Ash Wine Goblets were just the answer.
A local farm stall wanted a unique decoration for their Christmas display. Always glad to oblige with this Yew log turned into a ChristmasTree complete with lights.
Having recently purchased a Pendant for herself, a satisfied customer then commissioned me to make one each for her 8 granddaughters for Christmas presents - but they all needed to be different !
Each Granddaughter now has her own unique gift.
A taxidermist friend wanted a perch for one of her birds. This multi-coloured Walnut was just the thing she was looking for, and the resulting perch complimented the bird to perfection.
Having helped - in a very small way - to build a unique Tall Ship I was pleased to be asked to turn a few objects from off-cuts of the ship for the charity to sell. The resulting pieces were auctioned off to raise important funds.