The WOODTURNING WORKSHOP

GEOF WOOLLVIN of ELSENHAM

A professional woodturner, Teaching beginners, Selling a wide range of products at Craft Fairs and Tools, Materials, Machinery and Accessories from the workshop (call ahead I may be out).
Trade work welcome. phone 01279 812702.

Member since 1996

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The market is in a mess at the moment. I can no longer supply this machine as Serracon who took over from Hamilton have stopped manufacture.

These machines have acquired a reputation for breaking but its quite undeserved, my two have worked hard  for years, both have worn out their brushes which I replaced easily otherwise they have given faultless service. During teaching I have found people with big fingers who cannot comfortably use the small tool rests so I now make my own from steel bar and rod, brazed. @ 15 each. The problem is that they are small lathes with small motors meant for making small stuff. Too much big stuff takes out the variable speed controller and motor and a severe dig-in on big work can break the cast iron tool rest.

SORRY FOLKS THE LUNG CANCER SEEMS TO HAVE GONE BUT THE DAMAGE DONE BY THE TREATMENT HAS LEFT ME UNABLE TO WORK. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE REPORTED THAT THIS WEBSITE IS HELPFUL SO I’LL KEEP IT UP BUT ALL  TOOLS & MACHINERY SALES HAVE CEASED TOGETHER WITH CRAFT FAIRS AND LESSONS. SHOULD I RESTART LESSONS I WILL ADVERTISE IT HERE.

Once upon a time a long while ago now woodturning was my hobby but then it became more than that as I came to depend on it as a means of easing the adverse effects of a high level of workplace stress. Eventually the day job was lost anyway to a redundancy package but being over 50 a worthwhile alternative was not to be found, so the hobby had to grow up fast and  became a small business. To join the Guild of Essex Craftsmen samples of my work were submitted and accepted so to avoid getting mixed up with now sadly degraded commercially promoted Craft Fairs I concentrate on those shows run exclusively by the Guild whose reputation for consistent high quality is now very good and spreading rapidly plus we run a fair in the village but that then attracts a high percentage of Guild Members.

My sales are mainly through Craft Fairs which are highly seasonal but my demonstrations at those fairs were very well received and led me into teaching the craft. My courses run privately all year round now in my workshop and at college for the local adult education authority as evening classes. This work peaks in the winter, nicely evening out my annual income.

I built this web-site initially in the hope of selling my goods from it but my stuff is very tactile and nobody wants to buy it from photographs. The site then evolved and grew to the point where people use it more to check me out prior to visiting either  the workshop or my shows. Now local businesses are finding it and a steady supply of commercial work is coming in as with small quantities I can be very competitive but unlike big firms I can respond to urgent or unusual requirements better.

All the buttons above are live and take you to the various sections of the site but bookmark this page you probably wont get round all of it in one go!

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IT TURNS OUT THAT SPAM  ADDRESS HARVESTERS ARE DUMB ROBOTS. TO BEAT THEM I AM GIVING MY ADDRESS  BUT NOT IN A FORM THAT THE ROBOTS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE. IN THE FOLLOWING SIMPLY SUBSTITUTE ‘@’ FOR ‘AT’.

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