Colwyn Way – Profile

Colwyn lives in a small fishing village called Lyme Regis in the middle of the Jurassic coast in the far south west of England. 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 company to become his apprentice, where he went on to serve 5 years 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.
After completing his apprenticeship, Colwyn went on to become a full time woodturner doing much the same as in the apprenticeship, however here he was able to add another string to his bow. After realising that he was out growing his existing workshop and an offer of a job managing a farm
came up near the little cottage he and his wife were living in. He moved to the farm workshop and divided his time between the farm duties and woodturning. Now this was a blessing as the farm was a poultry and timber farm so this meant he was put through several types of chainsaw and
forestry courses including the extraction of selected trees with heavy horses but also was able to select the best bits of timber for turning. A wonderful life with just his Jack Russell and Massey Ferguson tractor to keep him company.
Then 21 years ago Colwyn’s woodturning life took another route when I 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 work as a freelance woodturning demonstrator and author.
Colwyn’s work now 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 four years and has enjoyed the experience. If he was to say what his style was he would have to say he doesn’t have one, he makes and sells a variety of work however his main thing is teaching and he includes demonstrating and writing as part of this.
The people you meet are all different and the countries you go to all have different turning cultures however the difficulties are all the same and he finds my self explaining the Skew and bowl gouge an awful lot.