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Sue Harker


Sue Harker







PROFILE: Team Members

My journey into woodturning started at the turn of the Millennium when I bought my Husband Graham a lathe for his Birthday. Snainton Woodworking Supplies where I bought the lathe, ran a beginners night for people who purchased lathes from them. I started to go along with Graham for the social side of the evening and to show an interest in his new hobby.  Before long I was so enchanted with the beauty of timber and the endless possibilities available to the holder of the tools, I had to "have a go". I was so taken that by the end of the year (my birthday and Christmas) I was the proud owner of my own lathe and chuck.                                                                                                                                                    

Graham and I joined two woodturning clubs and began to see professional demonstrations; these were a source of inspiration and a wealth of invaluable information. As our turning improved we started to enter club, Northern Federation and National competitions with great success. These competitions and my desire to create something different were responsible for the development of my open segment work and with it the design of my open segment wheel. I designed a gallery style bowl clad with open segments for one such competition. This lead to the development of other projects using open segments as an accent. These items have now become my signature pieces.

 I was becoming well known for my open segment turning and by 2006 I was being asked to demonstrate at Clubs, Woodworking Shows and Retail Outlets across England. Through popular demand I now produce and sell a range of open segment wheels (click to view)

I turned professional in 2006 and by January 2007 was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners run by the Worshipful Company of Turners, London.  In March the same year The Worshipful Company of Turners awarded me a Bursary to assist with the development of my career in woodturning. more recently I joined the AWGB 

Graham has supported me throughout my professional life, being ever present at all my demonstrations and notably the Woodworking and Power Tool show at Harrogate each November.  He continues his turning and has been a volunteer tutor at Snainton Woodturning Supplies Tuesday Beginners Night for over 10 years

In 2019 Graham was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners and now offers one-to-one beginner and pen turning courses in our Workshop at Bridlington.  

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