Wooden Way - Sharif Adams

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Moretonhampstead, United Kingdom
1 Mount Pleasant Moretonhampstead England TQ13 8NY GB

 I handcraft simple wooden spoons, bowls and pots for everyday use using age-old traditional tools and techniques. I sell my wooden ware at artisan crafts markets and I teach to small groups or on a one to one basis. I also work on a commission basis so there’s always plenty to do.

The bowls I sell are turned on a treadle lathe/pole lathe; an archaic machine, simple to make and maintain, using human energy to keep the work piece revolving. In the middle of winter the best way to keep warm outside is to turn a few bowls.  It’s nice to work with no need for electricity or petrol.  I cut all of the wood for my bowls and spoons with either a chainsaw, bow saws or large one man cross cut saws.  It’s all good excercise and the birds can still be heard singing. The tools I use for bowl turning are hand forged on a very basic homemade forge.  I enjoy forging almost as much as I enjoy working with wood. Sometimes I carve bowls using the same tools I use for carving spoons; axes and knives, with the addition of a small adze for hollowing.  These are very different in form to the turned bowls and usually I will only make these for sale on request.

I do all my work in an old Devon barn, on beautiful Dartmoor where I live.

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