Phillip Davis



I first saw woodturning at the age of 11 and thought it was magic. Much later I did my first turning, as a mature student, at Shoreditch Teacher Training College, from 1973-76. Over the years I often imagined myself, set up with a workshop and the machinery to indulge this interest, and this never left me. January, 2003 saw us installed in our renovated farm house situated in West Cork, Ireland and I was finally able to spend time on this passion.

All my work is from locally sourced hardwood, sometimes cutting down the trees myself when necessary. There should be minimum impact on the environment. So far 90% of my timber has come from storm damage or trees which were being cleared, the rest I have been given. I will use any wood available and am always keen to try something new. Over 25 different woods used so far, from common willow to noble oak. Treasuring wood as I do I am still using material brought from Ireland, but I am replacing it as I go with true Somerset timber.

My philosophy is to follow the nature or character of each piece of timber as I come to it. I don't think I'm unusual in my efforts, to discover the beauty in the wood. Then to enhance it with a good finish, just needs a little patience. I always ask my wife's opinion in times of uncertainty!"