The beauty of wood has always fascinated me and my journey with this medium has brought me from sail boats to band sawn jewellery boxes; from finely finished turned bowls with gorgeous grain to intricately decorated items. In some the beautiful grain patterns say it all, in others I may use texturing, colours, piercing and/or pyrography to create different effects.
Somerset based artist Lester Durston makes marquetry boxes and coasters with precision and painstaking attention to detail. Lester’s work is beautifully made from hand-cut wood veneers, creating intricate patterns, designs and pictures.
Colin runs Polden Woodturning from his base along the Polden Hills in Somerset.
He’s been turning for many years and really enjoy the challenge of creating pieces which have lasting value, often from wood destined for the fireplace.
Influenced mainly by the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century, he believes that everyone benefits from having beautiful objects around them in their everyday lives - both for functional and decorative purposes.