Welcome to John Plater, Woodturner
Initially, woodturning dovetailed very nicely with John’s work in full time education as a senior teacher, lecturer, author and A Level examiner of Design and Technology.
Timber which has been recently felled is turned “green” to an approximate shape before being allowed to season prior to final shaping and finishing. Alternatively, the green forms are turned to a finished shape so that interesting effects develop in the final bowl as the timber dries and warps. Timber which is already dry can be worked to its final form but often contains cracks and other defects. Most of the material is British grown hard and softwood, often making use of timber which would otherwise be firewood.
Hollowed forms provide the bulk of John’s work. Many of the more decorative pieces are left with the natural edge of the timber and will feature defects, sapwood and bark. Other pieces, which are intended as functional items, will be turned from sound material and may portray more geometric lines.
John has now retired from woodturning and is no longer making pieces but has left the images of work up for the moment.