Welcome to my website! My name is Terry Vaughan, and I live and work in North London. I’ve turned wood for 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 made my first wooden bowl in a woodwork class at school. It was a long time ago, but that bowl is still knocking around somewhere. 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 bowl. 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 make the best of the wood. 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.
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 demonstrate 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
Tel: 07496 021531 or 020 8361 5391, including evenings and weekends.