Over the years I have become known amongst the joiners, builders and furniture manufacturers in the area around where I live in Bingley, and I am increasingly being approached to do small ‘one off’ jobs for them. Of course they don’t want bowls or hollow forms or boxes or goblets. No, they want, mostly, ‘three staircase spindles to match these others that have been in the house since 1872’ (or whenever).
Although I am no copy turner, nor ever want to be, I quite enjoy these jobs. There is skill, and satisfaction to be had, in making a good copy of an item originally designed by some 18th, 19th or 20th century craftsman. Where other turners aren’t interested in the ‘one off’ copying job, I regard it as an opportunity to study earlier designs which add interest and variety to the work I do.
If you have that turned piece that needs repairing or copying, then why not contact me - I might be able to help.
Below are some examples of the sort of job I mean. There are no big pictures of these items.