Seafoam Woodturning Studio

River John, Nova Scotia · 121 Sales


Seafoam Woodturning Studio

River John, Nova Scotia 121 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
Derek Andrews

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Derek Andrews


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5 out of 5 stars
Paula McBride

Paula McBride on 09 Apr, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Item is absolutely stunning. Craftsmanship is amazing.


me483 on 04 Apr, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Really well made and I like the design -- thank you so much! Gorgeous!

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Twenty years of woodturning

I moved to Canada in 1995, to a rural spot on the shore of the Northumberland Strait in Nova Scotia. I set up as a woodturner that summer, and have made a living at it ever since, despite many ups and downs, and twists and turns. Initially operating from my house, with a workshop set up in what was originally the summer kitchen, and the living room converted to a shop during the summer months. In those early days I sold mainly to passing tourists, a few craft shops and at local crafts shows. Then the internet came along and I set up an online presence which in one year accounted for 40% of my business.

More recently I have taken to selling at farmers markets, and currently attend the Seaport market in Halifax most Saturdays. This has encouraged me to add more products that will be of use in the kitchen.

I started my Etsy store early in 2014 to increase my online exposure. I was encouraged by sales in the run up to Christmas, and will be adding more of my products to the store very soon - rolling pins and potato mashers have proven quite popular at markets. I really like the idea of using more traditional wooden kitchenwares, and plan to expand the product range in the coming months.

I run this business totally on my own. The only help I get is from my dog; her role is to keep me company and to greet visitors. So everything you buy will have been made with my hands. I use powered machines like the bandsaw, the drill press and one of my two lathes, but nothing is computer controlled and the shapes I create on the lathe are made with hand-held cutting tools. There are no CNC or template guided tools.

Pretty much everything I make starts off as a log or board of wood. I make very few products that require manufactured components. I don't make such things as decorative pens or pepper mills because all the function and much of the cost is tied up in these components.

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    I grew up in England where I worked in the electronics industry for sixteen years. I moved to Nova Scotia in 1995 and have made my home here ever since, earning a living mainly as a woodturner.

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Last updated on 24 October, 2016
I established my business in 1995 at Seafoam on Nova Scotia's north shore. Since then I have been selling from my studio, my website, at craft shows and farmers' markets. Etsy is a new venture for me in 2014.

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
All shipments are sent by Canada Post. (website )

Most deliveries within Canada and the USA take 7-10 business days.

Within Canada I use Expedited Parcel service. Most small international shipments are sent by Small Packet Air.

Please note that international shipments may incur costs for tax, duty, brokerage etc that are the responsibility of the customer to pay. For low value shipments some countries waive these fees. You should check with your own postal service or government website. There is also this online calculator, though I make no warranty as to its accuracy:


Canada Post makes the following recommendations for latest shipping dates for delivery in time for Christmas:
Canada and USA - 12 December
Africa - 25 November
Rest of the world - 2 December