|Simon Begg's woodturning|
|Simon is one of Australia’s top young wood turners, passionately working to create new designs and master the art of wood turning. When he was still in school, he made his first bowl and was hooked. Using his savings, he bought his first lathe, dropped his xbox controller and spend most of his free time on the tools. His passion for wood lead him to place 2nd in NSW for industrial technology and then complete an apprenticeship in cabinetmaking.
After going to Turnfest (Australia’s big symposium) in 2016 and meeting some of his favourite turners, he came back and quit his job to start turning full time. Starting from his workshop at home, he has now moved out to share a space with a timber miller and handyman. Its great to be fully immersed in a wood working culture, learning about many different aspects of the industry. In 2018 Simon got to demonstrate in the tool shop at Turnfest and in 2019 he became one of the main roster demonstrators which was a huge honour. Simon judged AWTEX, the Australian Wood Turning Exhibition which shows the impact he is having in the Australian woodturning at on 25 years old.Simon specialises in carved embellishment to bring the beauty into plain pieces of timber. A basic pattern or a more complex relief carving of a texture is a great way to create his own unique style and a voice in the wood turning world. If he has a beautiful piece of timber, it’s his responsibility to bring out the best of the wood with minimalistic design and good form to highlight the wood. If the wood is plain, it needs a bit of extra work to bring out the best of the piece and that’s where his creativity really shows. Simon also loves working with Australian burls as it’s always a surprise to see what is hidden under the surface. He has now worked with 163 species of timber and loves seeing the different characteristics of timber. Recently he has also been working on developing the ideas of German ring turning to create challenging and unique sculptural pieces. These works teaching a reliance on good design and accurate workmanship as well as testing a bit of luck
Colwin Way : Woodturner, Woodworker, Tutor and Demonstrator
I was born in 1970 in the coastal town of Lyme Regis on Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic coast.
My interest in woodturning started at school when I was 12 where I had my first chance to use a lathe. The project was a table lamp made up from glued together offcuts and turned to a rough shape on a union graduate lathe.
So taken with my lamp I decided to do a 3 week work experience placement with a local woodturning workshop owned and ran by Geoffrey Manley. This was my first chance to turn a bowl and work with some really interesting materials such as bone, horn and jet.
That was it, my hobby began! At home my parents cleaned out the shed and with Geoffs help bought me my first lathe, a Myford ML8. I spent many hours just making things before starting selling a few pieces to friends and then onto my first craft shows to then supplying local shops and galleries, all while still at school.
At the age of 17 Geoffrey offered me a position with him as an apprentice which I immediately accepted. My apprenticeship lasted 5 years and was incredibly important in my growth as a turner, having the opportunity to turn under guidance for this amount of time for a woodturner is very rare.
After finishing my apprenticeship I became a self employed woodturner making for Galleries and local shops as well as demonstrating and selling through craft shows. At this time I also moved out of my parents and in with my girlfriend, now wife, into a small stable cottage in Uplyme, Lyme regis.
At this same time a job became available on a nearby farm, managing the small farms woodland. The farm also had a workshop which I soon moved into and meant I could divide my day between woodland management and woodturning. This was an opportunity for me to take several chainsaw and woodland training courses including felling, crosscutting, thinning, planting and even low impact timber extraction with heavy horses.
In 1998 I was approached by Axminster Tools and Machinery to come in and look at becoming a trainer for them, teaching courses and demonstrating. Once again my journey changed direction and within a year I was visiting other countries demonstrating all things woodturning on behalf of Axminster Tools & Machinery.
I'm proud to say I was on the first ever Norwegian woodturning cruise way back in 2001 and have been on a further 2 since. I’ve demonstrated in many countries including the UK, USA, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, France, Spain, Denmark and Holland.
My other interests include cycling, running, swimming and kayaking and I have recently become a member of a local Triathlon club competing in two triathlons in 2018. My wife and I love to walk and will often be out with our Border terrier walking the coastal paths near our home town of Lyme Regis on the stunning Jurassic coast.
|Kimberly Winkle is a maker who creates furniture and objects using wood and paint; her work displays a balance of form, color and surface pattern. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including SOFA Chicago, Wanted Design NYC and the Architectural Digest Home Show. Her work has been included in a number of publications, including Fine Woodworking, Woodworker, and Woodworker West magazines and the books 500 Tables, 500 Chairs, Fine Woodworking Design Book 8, among others. Winkle has completed several artist residencies, including the International Turning Exchange (I.T.E.) at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, the Windgate Artist Residency at State University New York (SUNY) Purchase, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Vermont Studio Center and at the Appalachian Center for Craft. She has been awarded 4 Niche awards, a State of Tennessee Individual Artist Award in 2011 and the Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston) John D. Mineck furniture fellowship in 2014.
Winkle is a Professor of Art and Director of the School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Technological University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Ceramics from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Fine Art in Furniture Design from San Diego State University. Her workshop teaching experience includes, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Art Center, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, John C. Campbell Folk School and the Appalachian Center for Craft.
Turning a Small Stool: Kimberly Winkle
Equipment needed: basic spindle turning centers, screw chuck for face-plate turning, do you have a drill press?
From Drab to Pizzazz: Milk Paint and Surface Embellishment: Kimberly Winkle
Equipment needed: table, water, small mixing cups (approx. 8-10 oz.), lathe for holding work, newspapers/paper for drop cloths.
Turning a wall mirror: Kimberly Winkle
Equipment needed: faceplate, screws (1” and 1 ½”), 4-jaw chuck (Stronghold) with standard (#2?) jaws, drill and driving bit that matches screws (strongly prefer Phillips head)
I can still vividly recall my first experience at the lathe…I turned a pair of walnut candlesticks in high school wood shop. I watched spellbound as the form of each candlestick developed. The intoxicating scent of black walnut filled the air as piles of shavings grew around me. A film of French polish applied to the revolving pieces seemed to bring the swirling grain to life. Something inside of me had come to life as well; I had discovered a passion for woodworking that would endure for a lifetime. My school experiences led me to seek employment in a large cabinetmaking shop. Initially, I was assigned mostly menial tasks, from stacking lumber to sweeping the floors. I started at the bottom, but I had no intention of staying there. I studied the master woodworkers. I observed how they sharpened their tools. I listened to their finely tuned hand planes as they effortlessly produced translucent ribbons of wood. I asked annoying questions, and I watched. And I learned. I took pieces of scrap wood home after work and I practiced. I read every book on woodworking and design I could find.
My perseverance did not go unnoticed; I eventually became assistant to the company President, where I was responsible for designing and building prototype furniture pieces, and the jigs and fixtures required to put them into production. I was granted several design and utility patents for this work. I was also responsible for training new employees and overseeing production in the shop. Subsequently, I was employed by several other cabinet shops before I began my own custom furniture business. Gradually, my interests have evolved, from making functional furniture pieces to creating artistic wood turnings.
It has been over forty years since I created my first lathe-turned objects, yet I feel the same sense of accomplishment when I take an abstract concept and transform it into a completed object. Working at the lathe gives me a sense of complete freedom; and allows me to explore the limits of my creative ability. I find inspiration comes in many forms; a walk in the woods, the appearance of folds in a piece of fabric, or even a seemingly insignificant life experience. I keep a sketchbook handy; there is no way of knowing when inspiration will hit next. I expect each piece I produce to reflect my experiences as a furniture maker as well as a wood turner, as I strive to produce bold, dynamic pieces that reveal a small part of me. My woodworking career continues to lead me in new and often unexpected directions. I believe the best is yet to come.