Working with wood and woodturning has always been an important part of Dave Appleby's life. He spent many happy hours as a teenager, in a shed in his family’s back garden, working on a small lathe which had an electric drill as motor and drive centre.
Although woodturning was not Dave’s main career it remained an integral part of his life and every chance was taken to increase his skills. His workshop developed over the years and he now has three lathes with his favourite being his VB36 Bowl turning lathe. In 2001 he made the opportunity to immerse himself in his woodturning as a full time business.
"Woods I use are almost entirely from recycled and sustainable sources. Some have been rescued from the log pile or from beaches along the south west coast, others from local orchards, farms and gardens. Inspired by organic forms and natural surroundings I allow the beauty of the wood to suggest the shape and purpose of the piece, sometimes incorporating carving and texturing or adding other natural materials such as leather.
I was very pleased to be asked to judge the woodturning for the Woodbury wood turners annual show in 2015. This has become a popular one day event and is well worth a visit.
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"In addition to exhibiting in galleries in the South West of England I take commissions for special items, demonstrate and teach in local woodturning clubs and can offer 1 to 1 tuition at my workshop."
Dave is a member of The Somerset Guild of Craftsman, a Registered Professional Turner and a member of The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain. He is currently on the committee of the Martock & District Woodturners Club.
I'm demonstrating at the Woodworking & Power Tool Show at Westpoint, Exeter, Devon on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October 2016.
Come and see me there. More details at www.wptwest.co.uk