John Hamilton - Wood worker

I am a woodturner and wood sculptor.
As far back as I can remember wood has appealed to me, the shape of trees, the silence within a forest, being able to see possible sculptural shapes in roots, branches and driftwood.
 With my work I aim to reveal the beauty of wood beneath the bark and I often include the bark too for its own interest and character.  I strive to show that wood should be valued as much for its beauty as its utility.
I use a lathe, gouges and scrapers to make my pieces and sculpt the shapes of others using hand tools such as chisels and rasps. The wood is finished with progressively fine sandpaper and waxed or oiled according to the intended use or to fully enhance the patterns formed by the growth rings.  This results in smooth and highly tactile objects, which are intended to be touched.