“I first discovered woodturning at school many years ago, when we were introduced to a lathe during a woodwork lesson, and as I could never cut a straight line the idea of making round things appealed to me. However, lessons were few and short and so I forgot all about it.
As I was approaching retirement, after a long and varied career, I started looking for something to occupy my time when gardening wasn’t an option. My father-in-law had recently taken up woodturning and I remembered my dim and distant school days and the enjoyment of producing, what my wife calls pointless round things.
I live and work in Llanymynech where I have been woodturning for about 7 years producing hundreds of items including bowls, boxes, needle cases and miniature spinning wheels. These items can be viewed on my website. The wood I use is mainly native timber sourced from the UK with occasional exotic (foreign) piece used.
When not busy in the workshop I can be found working as a volunteer in the restoration work parties on the Montgomery Canal, working as a volunteer in maintaining the grounds of Llanymynech Heritage site and as a volunteer driver for Oswestry Dial-a-Ride.”
A selection of Nick Thursfield’s works can be found below.