Dr Richard Shock
369 Woodstock Road
I started woodturning as a hobby in 2000 and in 2003 was accepted as a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild (Chairman 2008-2012). In 2005 I quit my job to turn full time and soon afterwards was accepted on the Register of Professional Turners.
In 2012 I was voted Britain’s joint Favourite Designer Maker in an on-line poll.
Wood is an exciting material to work with, providing a huge range of colours and forms. I use mainly British native woods, increasingly from local sources, with some exotics, especially when I can be sure that they have come from sustainably managed forests.
Often with my signature inlays, most of my work is functional, such as bowls, platters, candlesticks, tealight holders and bottle stoppers, usually finished with carnauba wax which is non-toxic. Other pieces are purely artistic such as vases and discus forms. In either case, I aim to make high quality work combining good techniques with attention to design to enhance the inherent beauty of the figure and grain.