Jason has always been very practical and at the early age of 12 he was introduced to the woodturning lathe, the interest of taking a piece of timber, mounting it on the lathe, creating a shape, revealing the natural colours, grain and texture of a wide range of timbers have captivated him for many years.
At 14 he attend a week long course at Parnham House in Dorset, he was hooked. On leaving school he attended Bucks College in High Wycombe, and by the age of 21 had completed a BA degree in fine furniture, he still makes small items of furniture but his real interest and passion is using the lathe.
Jasons production work ranges from wooden fruit and ball clocks, functional fruit bowls and lamps, more intricate decorative artistic bowls and hollow forms. He is best known for his unique style of turned boxes and Solitaire sets that have a collection of balls each made from a different species of timber. Jason regularly undertakes commissions for stair spindles and architectural items, restoration items for antique restorers, and unique one off items produced to the clients requirements.
Jason has over 20 years of experience of teaching woodturning, his passion, and the skill of communicating what he’s doing have made him a popular tutor in the UK and internationally. He regularly demonstrates his skills at club demos and international Symposiums in America, Australia and Europe. He also has written numerous articles for the UK based Woodturning magazine.
Jason has been on the Register of Professional Turners for over 20 years and has won many competitions and awards for his creations. During the covid lockdowns Jason changed his workshop layout so that he can teach from home in Axminster. He runs a range of courses from one and two day beginners, aimed at those that are new to turning or want help and advice, through to bespoke, advanced courses tailored to the students requirements.
In all this time he feels very lucky to do something that he enjoys, and has been able to travel and show and teach the skills he has gained.