Terry Vaughan

Woodturner Terry Vaughan
Terry Vaughan at the lathe

Welcome to my website! My name is Terry Vaughan, and I live and work in North London, between Finchley and Barnet. Please scroll down this page for my contact details to enquire about my work or turning classes.

I’ve turned wood for well over 40 years, and now that I have retired from my day job I find it’s taking up more of my time. My workshop studio is filled with ever-accumulating shavings, timber, part-finished bowls and the tools I need for my work. First among them is my Titan lathe, with which I make everything from large bowls to the little wooden mice that are some of my most popular products.

I hope you find what you are looking for here, whether you want to buy a wooden bowl, read about them, or you just want information about turning.

I made my first wooden bowl in a woodwork class at school. It was a long time ago, but I still have it. It was made of mahogany, and each of us in the class took our turn on the lathes to scrape and sandpaper our bowls into shape. Mine was a shallow dish, good enough to hold some nuts.

Years later, I built my first woodturning lathe out of scrap steel, and with it made my second bowl from a bit of elm. I still have that one too. I keep nails in it, and every time I see it, it reminds me just how bad a wooden bowl can be! Later, with a better lathe and more experience, I began to make better bowls, until I started selling them. Making for sale develops technical skills, and also improve the turner’s ‘eye’. Now I sell my work on this website.

I particularly enjoy making bowls, because each one is different, and an opportunity to use beautiful timber. But I also like the relaxing routine of  repetitive production turning, provided the batches aren’t too big! In addition to the pieces for sale here, I make stands for facsimile globes. My customer for these makes most of the actual globes.

I’ve learned from other turners whose work has impressed and inspired me. But I am largely self-taught. When I began, there was little alternative. Then, there were few teachers or even books on the subject, and no videos at all. But every piece I made taught me something, and still does. Now, woodturning has become a popular hobby, with much more support for people starting out. I enjoy giving woodturning lessons both in my own workshop and at the Camden Town Shed.

As a member of the North London Woodturners club, I occasionally give demonstrations there on subjects including tool making and sharpening turning tools (something that can cause a lot of difficulties for beginners), as well as turning projects.

Contact Terry Vaughan:

Terry Vaughan, 17 Ashbourne Avenue, Whetstone, London, N20 0AL

Email: tvaughan1234@aol.com

Tel: 07496 021531, including evenings and weekends.


Some kind comments from a customer:
Both Sarah and I want to send you our enormous thanks for the absolutely stunning bowls and pears you made for us. You will remember that we lost the very ancient pear tree that had stood in our garden for decades. We wanted to remember the one that had gone so I brought you over a car full of large pieces from the tree. We had to wait for the wood to dry out and be ready for you to work on. But the wait was worth it. Not only did you make us a selection of various size bowls but you made four of the most exquisite pears.  The largest of the bowls complete with the 4 pears is and always has been in pride of place in our sitting room. We often look at it and delight in both the memory and the feel of the pieces in our hands. You saved it for us so a piece of my childhood will forever remain with me. Wood is beautiful, the tree was beautiful and it is still with us thanks to your love of wood, your skill and your care.
You are quite rightly very proud of your work and your workshop, I was so grateful that you gave the time to not only show it to me but let me have a go too! So thanks again, Terry.


10 thoughts on “Terry Vaughan

  1. I recently attended the Introduction to Bowlmaking with Terry. This was my first time turning wood, and Terry gave excellent guidance. Each stage was clearly explained and Terry made sure you felt ‘in control’ of the tools, but always with his watchful eye keeping you safe and calm. The few hours seemed to fly by, and before I knew it, I was the proud owner of a bowl in apple wood. Thanks Terry for your excellent teaching methods and making the process really enjoyable.

  2. I have many of these exquisite little mice. They are a delight and the recipients are always thrilled. Thank you

  3. Had a one on one course with Terry and learnt a lot.

    I had watched a lot of youtube videos and had made a few items but there is nothing like hand on experience and Terry gave me that. I now have a lot more confidence in what I am doing and hopefully doing it correctly now.

    Many thanks

  4. Had a fantastic day learning the basics of spindle turning with Terry yesterday. I’m looking to bring turned elements into my work and this introduction has given me the confidence to start practising on the lathe and bring turning into my furniture before too long.

    I would highly recommend Terry’s courses even to somebody, like me, for whom turning is completely new and somewhat intimidating. He was patient, reassuring, good humoured and always knew exactly why I was going wrong.

    Having had just a few hours’ tuition, I have a decent understanding of how the most common turning tools are used, and can turn beads, coves and tapers, albeit not yet up to a saleable standard! All that’s needed now is a lot of practice…

    Thanks Terry!

  5. I have just had a most enjoyable afternoon with Terry ( July 2019 )
    I am a complete novice at wood turning and have poor DIY skills but with Terrys patience , humour and teaching skills I was able to make an oak bowl to a standard that exceeded all my expectations and when I presented the bowl to my wife that evening she was amazed !!
    If you are a complete beginner and want to learn these skills or just do something different I cannot recommend Terry more highly .I was particularly impressed by his depth of knowledge and enthusiasm to ensure that the standards were kept high even for a beginner like me .
    I intend to go on and investigate with Terrys help the art of sharpening and have already started to plan my workshop in my shed so I can expand my knowledge and skill
    Thanks again Terry

    Dave , Leighton Buzzard

  6. I attended a 1 to 1 introduction to wood turning course in June 2019. Guidance and instruction from Terry enabled me to gain a real understanding of the skills and techniques required for bowl making. It was a pleasure to receive advice and benefit from Terry’s experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and would certainly recommend this course to anyone wishing to make a start in wood turning and bowl making.

  7. This is my third order of these beautiful wooden mice. Thankyou so much they are a delight

  8. Wanted to thank Terry for my beautiful mice trio, they are adorable,should have ordered more, as my daughter will have her eye on these.
    Terry is so skilled, wish I lived in London to have a go.
    Wood is wonderful.

  9. I attended Terrys class in The Men’s Shed in Camden in November and absolutely loved it, so much so that I went out and bought a lathe. When I had the lathe assembled I looked at it and realised that maybe I needed a little bit more instruction before testing it out so booked a private session with Terry.
    What can I say? It was the best money I have ever spent. His patience, his knowledge and his attention to detail made the session very enjoyable and informative.
    I had spent several hours watching YouTube videos but none of this came anywhere near to Terrys class.
    Thank you Terry for a wonderful session.

  10. I’m new to woodturning and woodcraft and loving it. My Dad would be proud as he was a carpenter and cabinet maker as well as a jazz musician. And there is a long tradition of female carpenters in my family. Wonderful to discover your site. Thank you for your generous sharing of knowledge and experience! Wishing you well.

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