Fred Hill - Wood Turning

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About Fred

Fred demonstrating

I became interested in wood in the late seventies. A friend introduced me to relief carving which, later drew me to woodturning.

I purchased my first lathe together with four tools and a copy of Frank Pain's book "The Practical Wood Turner" in 1985, and started producing “ shavings “ (at that time I did not know any local turners from whom I could seek advice ), so I booked a day with a professional turner for basic woodturning and tool sharpening tuition. This started me on my way.

I visited Woodturning Shows , attended the A.W.G.B International Seminars, and watched as many demonstrations as possible, observing the skill and technique of the professionals.

To me, turning became a form of carving "in the round".

I retired early in 1991 to concentrate on my hobby, which then virtually became full time, producing items for sale in craft shops, at craft fairs, and more decorative work through a gallery. I also do work for a local cabinet maker and a furniture restorer.

Living in the Chilterns gives me access to ample home grown timber, most of which is prepared and air dried at home.

Bowls are part-turned "green", left to dry for approximately twelve months, remounted onto the lathe and finished.

I have been a member of the A.W.G.B since 1988 and the Oxon Woodturners Group since 1992.