Janet, my wife, and I live in Weardale, County Durham where I turn hats from several types of wood such as Sycamore, Oak, Cherry and Beech.
You can see a selection of hats in the gallery.
I have had exhibitions in two galleries in the North East of England:
The Biscuit Factory, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Blagdon Mill,
The hats come in all shapes and sizes from top hats to Stetsons and bowlers to baseball caps.
I was initially inspired after reading an article in the Woodturning magazine about a turner in America that made full size hats that you could wear, His name is Johannes Michelson and after having tried several times to make hats I had the opportunity to see Johanness demonstrate in Ireland at the Irish woodturners Guild and my full size hat making took on a new dimension with the learning that I received.
I have taught and practiced woodworking associated crafts for over twenty years to apprentices and now teach privately in my workshop at home.
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