BOB's STORY & PHILOSOPHY
Hi I am Bob, Waney Edge Woodcraft is my business. I am a custom woodworker and woodturner. I enjoy taking local native wood and making unique, functional pieces that will last a lifetime. Nothing pleases me more than making things by hand and to see what lies beneath the bark of a tree.
I started my love of wood at a young age by working for the Forestry Commission, and then making creative things for gardens and homes. Recently, I was given the opportunity to spend a couple of years working and training on the Dartington Estate, Totnes, Devon. During that time I learnt to turn mainly bowls and plates and I was immediately hooked. I now work with wood and turn from my studio workshop in Thatcham, Berkshire and every day I am honing my skills to produce the best and most unique designs possible. I am blessed to be learning and constantly trying to stretch my design process.
The creations come from the wood and I allow the grain, colour and quirkiness of the wood to dictate the final outcomes. I source local wood such as oak, cherry, ash, maple, and yew but I will use any other locally harvested woods. I try to use materials that would otherwise be buried, burned or discarded. I enjoy making bespoke things especially, and I work with local tree surgeons and their clients who commission items made from the trees that have been felled and would otherwise be destined for firewood.
I am looking for galleries and craft shops to carry my handmade bowls, plates and kitchen woods and if you know of any galleries or are one, please contact me anytime. I offer a bespoke service and will happily work with you to make items to your designs.