Colwin lives in a small fishing village in the south west of England called Lyme Regis which is part of the Jurassic coast world heritage site. His woodturning journey started over 35 years ago as a hobby after a 3 week work experience placement with a local production woodturning workshop.
This hobby soon turned into a career after leaving school when he was approached by the owner of the production company to become an apprentice. The apprenticeship lasted 5 years and included turning all manner of items such as bowls, vases, lamps and walking sticks down to the smaller items like jewellery lace making and sewing utensils, in a multitude of materials including Wood, bone, jade, jet, horn and ivory.
Then 21 years ago Colwin’s woodturning life took another route when he was approached by a local tool company (Axminster tools and machinery) to take over the teaching of their woodturning courses.
Now 21 years later he still works for the same company teaching and demonstrating all things woodturning but also works as a freelance woodturning demonstrator, maker and author.
Colwin’s work takes him all over the world to countries including USA, Norway, Germany,France, Sweden, Holland, Ireland and Spain.
He has been lucky enough to write for Woodturning magazine now for over five years and has enjoyed the experience. If he was to say what his style was he would have to say he doesn’t have a specific one, however the Skew has seemed to play a big part in the demonstrations and projects he makes. Colwin says, I enjoy all forms of woodturning and especially that of the craftsman of eastern Germany and the Christmas wonders they create. I like to embrace new things and resin has become a regular part of my demonstrations and project lists. I really enjoy travelling and looking at other countries turning cultures, even when demonstrating in a country where I don’t speak the local language, the lathe can translate. A Skew catch sounds the same in any language!