|Woodturner Matt Jones|
In Matt's own words:
"I studied Fine Art and went on to work as a professional musician. I would spend long periods of time away and yet when I came home I had very little to do. I came across the Tony Boase book one day in my local library and that sparked an interest in Woodturning. I bought an old Coronet and made my first turnings.
These initial forays were not very successful and in any case I gave up turning as I moved to Ireland to renovate an old farm building as the family home. However the seeds had been sown and in my spare time I read a lot about woodturning and kept the flame alive. In 2009 I built a workshop and bought a second hand Graduate which I refurbished. My plan was then and still is to work at the production end of woodturning.
I love the artistic side of woodturning and hope one day to be there. However I think that many woodturners put enormous effort and expense into time consuming (and amazing ) sculptural turnings that display incredible skill and patience but don't consider how to market them. I don't see the point in being my own best customer.
I do appreciate the woodturning fraternity. The internet has made it possible to connect with turners on the other side of the world and tap them for advice, technical and in a business sense. I try and attend at least one training course each year. I've visited Glenn Lucas a few times and later this year hope to attend one of David Ellsworth's classes. Funding allowing. I have plans to build a bigger workshop. ( Does anyone have enough space? ) and upgrade to a Vicmarc. A kiln would be good to! Unfortunately though before that there's nappies to be bought and food etc.. One Day!"
Here's a selection of Matt's work. Thank you very much Matt for being our latest featured woodturner - hope you get the kiln soon!
|Candlesticks in Spalted Beech|
|Baby Rattles, one of Matt's biggest sellers|
|Square bowl in olive ash|
You can find Matt's website at www.mattjoneswoodturner.com, and please 'Like' his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mattjoneswoodturner.
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