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About FromTheTree

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On Etsy since 2011

How and why? Woodturning!!

When I was nineteen I went to a craft fair and got chatting to a woodturner, I don't know why but I knew there and then that I wanted to try woodturning, soon after that meeting I bought a small lathe and “had a go” with hindsight I wished I’d have had some formal lessons with a professional woodturner as those first few years were fraught with frustration and I very nearly gave up several times.

I have been turning now for approximately twenty three years. I specialise in turning hollow forms and vessels using mainly green/unseasoned wood, I also enjoy making boxes and platters sometimes incorporating resin or gold leaf techniques.

My main supply of British wood is taken from two local tree surgeons, I enjoy chatting to the tree surgeons and finding out where the wood has come from and why it has been removed. The majority of my wood is removed as part of a sustainable forestry management or sometimes trees or large limbs are removed if they are diseased or overhanging a road etc. If I didn't buy the wood it is sometimes sold for paper mulch or split and sold as firewood. When I do buy exotic wood for box making etc I try my best to ensure that it is from a reputable and sustainable source.

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    I started woodturning 23 years ago at the age of 19, I live and work in Leicestershire which is in the heart of the national forest England.

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Last updated on Apr 17, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Wood & the seasons

Wood is a natural product and as such you might find it will move with the seasons, in practical terms this means that a box lid might be slightly tighter in the winter and looser in the summer.

Care instructions

My woodturned items are very simple to look after with just a light dusting needed every so often with a soft cloth. Please keep them away from direct sunlight and extremes of heat and moisture.

Burr wood and natural fissures/inclusions

We all love burr wood but sometimes within the burr there will be tiny open fissures (or burr eyes) or small bark inclusions. These are totally natural and part of the wood.