IslandTurnz: Rustic Wooden Crafts,
by Chris Onwubuya
I was born in England, and spent most of my childhood until my early twenties in Sheffield. A few years after I graduated Graphic Design College, I returned to the Cayman Islands in 1986. I had previously spent time there, as a young child with my Mother, who was at the time the nurse for Sister Island of Cayman Brac in the late 60's early 70's.
The whole idea of myself taking up woodturning, happened by chance. Even though I grew-up in Sheffield, England, which is considered the mecca for producing the finest steel tools for woodturning worldwide, a fact I was unaware of whilst I lived there.
It all happened one day, as I was planning to do a previously neglected repair project at home. As I browsed through the vast amount of online "how to" videos, I accidentally "clicked" on a video about woodturning. Instantly I was captured, by the pureness of the art. Over several days I continued researching the subject in-depth. At the end of my research I decided to take the plunge and purchase a lathe and tools.
The first item I managed to complete, was a wooden mallet, which was made out of Pompero wood, which is a very hard local wood. The result of my initial turnings, were most rewarding, and gave me the confidence to pursue this new found interest of woodworking.
When I start a project, I always have a specific idea in mind, however ultimately the end results, are dictated by the wood. This is the magic and excitement of woodturning for me. In my finish pieces (where possible) I like to retain as much of the natural qualities of the wood: the bark, knots etc. These natural qualities add character, and interest to each piece I make. So, remember your are not purchasing a mass produced factory item, but a handmade piece.
Before I conclude, let me thank you, for taken the time to view my work. I hope you find something to buy, and that you will bookmark my page, as I will be adding new pieces from time to time.