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The workshop is situated in the small picturesque village of Stoke Rochford, just south of Grantham in Lincolnshire.

After 20 years as an engineer, Paul Procter’s life-long fascination for wood, and an interest in design, led him to take up woodturning as a full-time occupation in 1989.

Paul is self-taught and like many woodturners obtained information on the basic techniques from the many books and articles written on the subject, developing his own style along the way.

He chooses wood with a variety of natural colour and interesting grain patterns to give each piece a unique identity. Burr elm, oak and yew are ideal raw materials.

More than 20 different species of native timber are used, including apple, ash, spalted beech, cherry, elm, oak, walnut and yew. These are obtained from local estates as thinnings and storm-damaged timber, and from sawmills as mature harvested trees.

A small amount of exotic wood from countries such as Australia and Cameroon is used to add interest and vivid colour. All the wood is obtained from ecologically sound sources.

In addition to the products to be found on this web site we also undertake commissions for businesses and private customers. These are widely varied and include joinery and furniture parts, architectural turnings and prototype manufacture.

Furniture restoration started off as a fill-in for quiet periods, but has now established itself as a significant part of the business.

Our philosophy is to produce top quality work at a fair price and our reputation has been built upon this and the high standard of our customer service.