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The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair

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Well it’s getting exciting, the marques are going up at Wisley RHS in preparation for the Contemporary Craft & Design Fair 27th of April to the 1st May. I’ll be on stand A28, I’ve got my car pass and booking in on time. Still have to finish off some pieces and have a lot of signing to do so a few long days to come until the van can be packed up and I can be on my way.

I’m told that this is one very special event for makers so can’t wait to show my work and see the reaction to the many, many hours that have gone in to each piece of woodturning and enhancement.

Hopefully there will be a good number of people and if your reading this and coming along please make sure you stop and say hello I’ll be on stand A28.

The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair from 27th April to 1st May 2017. This is my first outing of the year so I’ll have many new pieces of work on show. There are some new ideas and plenty of coloured woodturning to see at RHS Wisley GU23 6QB

Run by Craft in Focus, this event should not be missed.

RHS Wisley 27th April to 1st May 2017

RHS Wisley 27th April to 1st May 2017

Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace

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Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace August 4th – 7th 2016

I will be displaying my work again this time at the BBC’s Countryfile Live event at Blenheim Place, Oxfordshire. So if your near by come and say hello.

I’ll be displaying many new pieces of colourful woodturning art and also some wood will be showing.

There’s so much going on at this event it’s going to be a great few days for all.

Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show

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Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show

Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show Penshurst Place. Well it’s that time the first real showing of my work, I’ve put in many many hours to get to this point and now it’s that time to show a collection of piece’s in one place.

Over the past couple of years I’ve honing my skills as a woodturner and playing around with colours and different ideas. Many family and friends have encouraged me with their kind comments on what I have been able to produce on my trusty woodturning lathes.

I’ve been lucky to have two London galleries take piece’s of my work and display them and a few bits have also sold. I currently have a piece of my woodturning on exhibition with The AWGB touring show, but never have I done a craft fair such as the Weald of Kent Craft& Design Show in such a stunning setting as Penshurst Place. So it’s with a little uncertainty and a lot of excitement I’m getting everything ready and everything crossed.

So if your reading this and looking for something to do between Saturday 30th April and Monday 2nd of May why not pop along to The Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show. Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbride, Kent, TN11 8DG and say Hi.

You can find out more about the weekend here http://www.penshurstplace.com/whats-on/events-and-activities

Ed

 

Woodturning, Art or Craft?

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Is woodturning an art or craft? In the true sense woodturning is a craft. The woodturner spins wood on a lathe to make vessels such as bowls and pots or other practical objects such as chair legs.

Years ago a woodturner would produce pots that would hold an exact amount of fluid and would mark on the vessel the amount it would hold.

But it’s what we do nowadays with our woodturning that defines if we fall into the category of woodturning or artist and to my mind if you have a workshop with a lathe and other woodworking equipment and turn vessels and spindles then you are a woodturner. But if there is an area in your workshop for painting and finishing your work other equipment like dental drills or sand blasters, then that workshop becomes a studio.

If instead of just making practical items you take things further and create work with holes in or you paint your work then this becomes art.

So perhaps a woodturner who embellishes their work is also an artist. That’s not to say this type of woodturner does not at times turn practical items.

For these reasons I consider myself and describe myself as a woodturning artist. I work from a studio that is filled with other equipment alongside my woodturning lathes. I don’t just turn round and brown as so many woodturners put it, I’ll add something else to my work to enhance it, if I see something within the wood. I look for wood to turn that has it’s own features which can be incorporated into the finished piece.

As a woodturning artist I will find myself spending far more time finishing the work than actually turning the piece of wood at times. The piece might take a few hours to turn but the finishing could take twice as long or more depending upon the vision of the finished product.

I hope that you enjoy any of my work that you see.

Ed Oliver
Woodturning Artist