Kevin has been working with wood for more than 30 years. His first experience was with a small modest drill attachment lathe. Completely enthralled by the different shapes and configurations that could be achieved, he progressed from this lathe onto a larger and more professional machine.
Kevin served a five year apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery at The Brighton Technical College successfully passing both City and Guilds and the Advanced City and Guilds examinations. After 16 years' practical experience he progressed as a freelance draughtsman in architecturally designed joinery manufacture. He found this experience inspired his designing for the more creative forms; he is completely self-taught in this type of creativity.
Having turned conventional shapes for a period of time Kevin found the need to advance towards more aesthetic shapes. Originally from East Grinstead, Kevin now blends subtle textures and tones of colour to emphasis the variety of grain found in wood. Kevin has used exotic hardwoods but more frequently uses sycamore and ash. Each piece is finished by a process of a mixture of natural oils such as Danish oil and liquid paraffin over a period of three days, to compliment the subtle tones used.
Inspirations for Kevin have been Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures and the study of Oriental architecture. As Kevin expresses in his own words, “this I try to instill in my work by the movement of wood to form more flowing lines than seen in conventional turning.”
Kevin’s work can be seen in galleries throughout the UK. He has taught woodturning in HM Prison and to various woodturning and furniture societies in Sussex. He is also a member of the Worshipful Order of Woodturners.
Primavera has a collection of approximately 15 pieces from Kevin.
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