Gary Rance – Profile

Gary has been a full time woodturner since the age of 16, when he started with an apprenticeship with a small woodturning company.

It is since becoming self-employed in 1987 that Gary has made his mark on the woodturning scene, with success in competitions; articles of his work in various woodworking magazines; and demonstrating for trade companies. Exhibitions include the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, Wembley, Axminster in Devon as well as woodturning clubs all over Great Britain, Belgium, France, Channel Islands, Ireland, Norway and two Utah Symposiums in Provo, Salt Lake City and Iceland. Gary has previously demonstrated twice at the AWGB International Seminar at Warwick University. Gary is considered one of the fastest and most accurate production woodturners in the U.K and is one of only a few whose income comes solely from woodturning.

Gary has a broad customer base, including companies such as Harrods and Liberty’s and has also produced work for the homes of the Duke of Westminster and British celebrities.
Gary has also developed a range of tools for the woodturner, notably his round skew chisels which come in different sizes; lightpull drive; box Scraper and his easybead tool. He can turn his hand to spindle turning, bowl turning, hollow forms and twists and says that he will make anything from a lace bobbin to a billiard table leg.