Ryedale Woodturners

Club members' profiles

It is hoped that the site can provide some brief profiles of club members and their work. All that is required is you email some information about yourself - as much or as little as you wish. A prompt sheet is available for things you might say. If you prefer you could hand me a piece of paper and photos at club events!

The club is fortunate in having three RPT members, so I hope they will not mind if I use them as starters, with information borrowed from their own websites. I have also, immodestly, posted a page on myself, as an example of what a non-professional woodturner might say about themselves.

Sue Harker RPT www.sueharker.com
Sue Harker Woodturner

Sue started turning in 2000, and turned professional in 2007. (RPT 2007.) Her signature pieces involve open segmented work and involuted turning. She writes regularly for the Woodturning magazine, has produced DVDs, and organises tuition. More...


David Lowe RPT www.davidlowewoodturner.co.uk
Dave Lowe Woodturner

Dave has a workshop and gallery at Snainton Woodworking Supplies, near Scarborough in North Yorkshire. RPT. He has a passion for working with wood and looking at ways to show off it's natural beauty, using traditional techniques combined with modern ideas such as airbrushing, texturing, piercing etc. More ...

Philip Greenwood RPT www.woodturningintoart.co.uk
Philip Greenwood Woodturner

Philip has been woodturning since 1986. He has a gallery and workshop in Hutton le Hole, next to the Ryedale Folk Museum, and shares this with his wife Wendy who works in glass as well as doing some pyrography. More ...


Steve Fearnley www.oldfern.co.uk
Steve Fearnley

Steve has been turning since 2009. He is a hobby turner who enjoys all kinds of work, but has specialised in trophy and commemorative item commisions, and in pyrography. His preference is for natural wood finish without texture or colouring. More ...

Gordon Malan
Tom Milton-Wright

Gordon has been chairman of Ryedale Woodturners since 2015. He describes himself as a hobby turner, though he produces high quality work, specialising in highly finished winged bowls. More ...

John Whiteley
Steb centre Woodturner

John is a member of Ryedale Woodturners. He mounts regular exhibitions (and sales) in Sandsend, near Whitby, jointly with his wife who makes jewellery.
At his club demonstration in 2015 he showed how to turn a spiral on the lathe.


Club member snapshots

Albert Kitching
Albert KitchingAlbert Kitching has been turning for over 13 years, but still attends the Wednesday evening "beginners" class almost every week. Apples and pears and screw threaded items are his speciality, and wire wool!

Demonstrators' profiles

Ian Clarkson
Ian Clarkson

Ian works from a home studio in picturesque Hebden Bridge in the southern Pennines. He produces hollow forms, bowls, platters and sculptural forms, working almost entirely in British timbers. Finishes range from light oiling of the natural wood to metal leaf, coloured stains and blowtorching. Ian has a website showing some of his work.

Emma Cook www.thetinyturner.co.uk
The Tiny Turner

At 32, Emma has been turning for half her life. Her business name - The Tiny Turner - reflects her small height at 4 foot 10 inches. She is both a carver and a turner - she says "I love to work with a material which has a story and a soul of its own".

Margaret Garrard www.margaretgarrard.co.uk
Margaret Garrard Woodturner

Margaret lives in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales, and is a member of the Jorvik Woodturning Club. She started turning in 1995, and is RPT and AWGB. She has developed piercing and complex designs, her inspiration drawn from the natural forms.

Mick Hanbury www.mickhanbury.com
Mick Hanbury Woodturner

Mick has been turning for over 20 years. RPT, AWGB. Over the years Mick has developed a unique style of decorative finishes to his pieces and is well known for his beautiful finial boxes, elegant spiral stem goblets, and delicately patterned platters. Last visited us June 2015, when he turned a thin walled red-wine goblet.

Paul Jones www.pauljoneswoodturning.co.uk
Paul Jones Woodturner

Paul Jones describes himself as a Woodturning Artist. He was accepted on to the RPT in 2012, and is based in Bollington, near Macclesfield, Cheshire. He produces hollow forms, sculptural pieces and large diameter bowls and platters mainly, but not exclusively, in sycamore.

Richard Kennedy www.bolegallery.com
Richard Kennedy Woodturner

Richard Kennedy is a wood artist based in Argyll.

Working with nature rather than against it, flowing line, form and proportion are paramount to my design. Inspired by the simplest of things, the shape of a shoreline or a weathered rock, everything has a line that can be used.

Gerry Marlow
Gerry Marlow Woodturner

Gerry is based in Chesterfield. He took up wood turning after taking early retirement . RPT, AWGB. He enjoys turning anything from 3mm spindle work to large diameter bowls and platters, particularly with natural edges or decorative rims. He also specialises in off centre turning.

John Oldham Teesside Woodturners Association John Oldham Woodturner

John is the "quartermaster" at Teesside Woodturners. He recently demonstrated the intricacies involved in making a Harry Potter wand at his club, including an LED at its tip. David Muckle recommended the demonstration as one to watch.

Mark Raby www.markrabywoodfinishing.co.uk
Mark Raby Woodturner

Mark and Lisa Raby run a small business teaching and providing woodworking accessories. Their specialities are woodfinishing and pyrography.

Peter Osborn
Peter Osborn

Peter is a member of the Cumbria Woodturners Association. One of his signature items is Morrocan style coffee pots. The CWA website has a gallery of 21 very nice pieces of turning by him.


Les Thorne www.noturningback.co.uk
Les Thorne

Turn your wood into something good.
Les became a full time woodturner in 1998, having previously been involved in the timber industry as director of a family timber mill, and a saw doctor. RPT 2001

Dick Veitch South Auckland Woodturners
Dick Veitch Woodturner

From Auckland in New Zealand, Dick is retired but still very active in woodturning. Dick has actually visited Snainton before: A write up in the old club newsletters of his visit in August 2011 is on the site.

Danny Woof
Danny Woof

Danny is a member of the Cumbria Woodturners Association. I cannot find a picture or much detail about him, but the CWA website has a gallery of 17 very nice pieces of turning by him.