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I developed a good working relationship with wood at a very early age, carving little boats from bits of wood with my father’s tools. Hopeless with the three R’s at school, I excelled in art, woodwork and metalwork. This naturally led me to developing a lifetime career in the fascinating world of wooden boatbuilding, perfectly suited to my creative and artistic leaning. Although I enjoy painting, I achieve maximum fulfilment from working in three dimensional form.

As a self-taught wood turner, I have always worked with the nature and content of the wood to create my pieces. Although having the appearance of functional items, the shapes, colour and textures that evolve spontaneously during creation, transcend the functionality. My aim is to encourage the beholder to discover something quite different to anything they have seen before and through the sense of touch experience the unexpected.

As trees have rings recording the history of their growth, I like to add my own rings, be they soft or precise, often in conflict with those within the wood, combining together to create a rhythm and texture, bringing new life to a past life.

I work with wet or green wood and after the long, painstaking process of creating a piece with which I am happy, I then leave it to its own free will to dry out and alter its shape as it chooses.
I work almost entirely with local fallen wood and each tree brings its own history and characteristics which guide me towards creating my finished pieces. Every tree requires a new approach and presents new challenges to understand and interpret the hidden secrets of the wood. I work in harmony with the spirit of the tree, reflecting my respect for it and the natural environment in which it grew, enabling me to create turned sculptures of unique beauty, inspired by the ancient history and wild splendour of Morvern.
My woodturning interests have taken me to Italy as part of the Sunart Oakwoods transnational project, working with GAL in Val Sabbia in the Lombardia Region. It was here that I was fortunate to meet Ernst Gamperl, a Bavarian woodturner living and working in northern Italy. His work and his approach to woodturning has been a valued source of inspiration to me.

As a keen conservationist and environmentalist, I am a founding director of the Morvern Community Woodland Company, established to build a sustainable woodland and wood utilisation future for Morvern and the surrounding area.

In 2006 I was proud to accept an invitation to become a member of the Register of Professional Turners, supported by The Worshipful Company of Turners.

A Tale of Turning - Woodturning with John Hodgson from Big Stuff Creations on Vimeo.

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