Exhibitors - Guy Ravine    Stand 11
Guy Ravine

Guy Ravine took up woodturning in 1979, following in the footsteps of his father, Gus Ravine, who had become a professional turner in 1974.

Initially working out of his father's garage in Wootton, Northants; Guy then followed his father to Cornwall and worked from Morwenstow between 1980 and 1984.

He was involved in Craft Cooperatives in Truro (Guild of Ten) and Chapel Amble and showed work with Cornwall Crafts Association at exhibitions and at Trelowarren and Pencarrow Houses.

In 1985 he moved back to Northamptonshire and by 1986 was installed in his current workshop location of Stowe Nine Churches. For most of the next 20 years his output was directed at Craft Fairs, exhibitions and galleries. He had a stall at Covent Garden from 1985 to 2003, leaving because of the loss of American and other international customers after 9/11.

He produces a wide variety of work, being equally adept as a spindle turner or bowl turner. One of Guy's enduring interests is small spindle turned work - much of it inspired by English work of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries.

Bowl work runs from wet turned bowls through fruit and salad bowls to very large platters. Guy is always keen to experiment and often works in non-wood materials such as bone, acrylics, plastics and pewter.

It is difficult making a living purely from artistic work in most crafts. Woodturning is no exception. There is still a demand for hand turned furniture parts and architectural turnings - both new and replacement - despite the introduction of automatic lathes.

Guy has recently turned some 2.5 m high columns (in section), and a large batch of balusters. This sort of work is now a significant part of his output.

Another recent commission was for altar candlesticks, large free-standing candlesticks, a cross and processional stave for a Cambridge college.

Teaching has become a part of his working life in recent years and Guy specialises in class teaching, as well as doing individual tuition at his Northamptonshire workshop.

His work has been widely exhibited, both in the U.K. and abroad, and is in many private collections worldwide. He has been a demonstrator at Woodworking shows nationally since 1995, has written many articles, and is awaiting the release of a DVD entitled “From a Tree to a Bowl”, which features wet turned bowls from small native trees Laburnum, Plum and Holly.

Guy is currently chair of the Register of Professional Turners.