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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.
Information About Lamps
  • Lamps are made from solid wood with a wide diameter base for stability.
  • Most lamps are made to order, so you can specify different woods, sizes, or finishes.
  • Lamps can be supplied in pairs.
  • All lamps are fully wired and this includes a top quality switched brass lampholder, gold flex and plug.
  • Lamps are finished with either Danish oil, shellac sanding sealer or wax polish, whichever is appropriate. The final coat is always wax, applied by hand to give that unmistakable feel to the wood.
  • Customers can specify the type of finish.
  • Natural finish - the above finishes are applied on unstained wood to enhance the natural colour.
  • Antique finish - the wood is lightly stained to achieve a mellow appearance.
  • Most lamps can be supplied in Acrylic Primer ready for you to apply your own paint finish, if you prefer.
Information About Fruit
Making the Fruit

All the round fruit are hand turned on the lathe. Bananas are shaped with a spoke shave. After sanding, the fruit are finished using either Danish Oil, or shellac sanding sealer, then waxed. Some are cellulose lacquered instead. Whichever method is used, an attractive durable finish results.

Some large fruit, particularly the oak, are just given several coats of wax polish as they look better that way.
Burr wood

A burr (or burl in USA) is an abnormal growth on the outside of a tree varying in size from a walnut to several feet. It will have lots of little twigs growing out of it. Each twig means a small "eye" or knot will exist inside the tree. The timber obtained from such burrs is invariably more colourful and always more highly figured than wood obtained from the normal tree growth.

It has a tendency to develop cracks and other character defects whilst seasoning, but they rarely detract from the attractive appearance of the timber.

Wasps

A real wasp has yellow and brown rings on its body, so our wasps are made by laminating alternate blocks of walnut and pequia (yellow wood), which are then turned to make head and body. The wings are also pequia. This is a little artistic licence, since we cannot obtain transparent wood.

Over the years, I have made thousands of wooden fruit and enjoyed most of it! I have had a few returned from shops and galleries for replacement of broken stalks, but high standards and attention to detail have ensured that I have only ever had one complaint.