About Owen Thomas
Having discovered the world of green woodworking, I have become fully immersed in the possibilities that these traditional techniques can offer. Using axes, knives and a foot powered lathe create items that have their own unique, warm character. I strive to make usable and beautiful woodenware, taking inspiration from historical work and also contemporary design. I feel that working with hand tools is an important aspect to the design process, making me work in more efficient ways. By physically handling the work piece, I find that I am constantly feeling for pleasing ergonomics and tactile surfaces. I work on a foot-powered pole lathe to turn bowls from fresh wood, creating beautiful items for everyday use. The tool marks become almost like the fingerprint of the maker, where every clean cut is an example of the years of practice. The subtle facets of a bowl can become like a familiar friend at meal times. Using wooden bowls and spoons for your food is a marvellous way to eat. There is something special about feeling the subtle facets of a wooden spoon in your hand and eating your food from a warm, charming wooden bowl.
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Owen Thomas Wood Craft
6 St Ethelbert Close
Sutton St Nicholas
Pole lathe turned Damson Quaich
Sweet little drinking vessels traditionally used for drinking whisky. The damson wood is very close grained has some wonderful figuring. Damson is a particularly hard wood, so it is rather difficult to turn but the wonderful pinks and purples in the wood are well worth the effort.
These are turned on a pole lathe and hand carved with a knife.
Finished with locally produced beeswax
3.5 inch diameter (5inch including handles)