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Nathanael's story

I first started woodworking in 2017 after I was introduced to the lathe at school by my DT teacher.  He really encouraged me in woodturning and woodworking.  Soon after that I got my own small lathe at home.  I started to get some more equipment for my own home workshop.  I had began making turned wooden bowls and chopping boards and them at a couple of craft markets in West Kirby and the school fair, supported by staff at WKS.

Whilst I was still attending WKS I entered and won the ‘Young’ category of ‘British Woodturner of the Year’ from the Guild of Master Craftsman.  I then went on to exhibit at the Young Artist’s Summer Shows at the Royal Academy in London twice.  I was also runner-up in the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain’s under 21yrs competition.  I was awarded a Bursary from the Worshipful Company of Turners and have been a part of their Emerging Turner’s programme for the last three years.


I have worked for the last two years for a tools and machinery company which has allowed me to attend woodworking public and trade shows around the country as well as teaching and demonstrating woodturning.  I have recently left the company to become freelance.  


Last year I was very honoured to be invited to submit a piece to The Worship Company of Turner’s ‘Master’s’ Exhibition at Pewterer’s Hall in London on the theme of the Coronation.  My piece won the ‘Choice Award’ from the V&A Museum.  This piece was bought and is to be exhibited in another prestigious location in London….  In October last year, I appeared on and won series 3 of Channel 4’s Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker.  

Last month I was accepted as a ‘Registered Professional Turner’ after a rigorous assessment.  I enjoy attending woodturning clubs around the country, doing woodturning demos, teaching woodturning from my home workshop and making my own woodturning pieces.

We are so proud of you Nathanael, we can't wait to hear what you do next!

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