The Woodland Creations

Paul Surtees ClockYour name: The Woodland Creations (hand crafted by Paul Surtees)

Tell us a little bit about what you do: 

Hand turned wooden bespoke and unique items. Individual pieces for everyday, practical, collectable and gift solutions. Items range from wine bottle stoppers, wooden fruit, garden equipment to bowls, cake stands lazy Susan’s, stools and small occasion tables. Any item made to order or commission can be taken to meet customer requirements such as wood type etc.

How did it all start? 

In December 2010 I was made redundant from my career in logistics warehouse management. It was time for a change. I had always been interested in the thought of creating / making something. What better time to start. For Christmas I got a lathe and built my tools up and skills from there. I have loved it ever since and never looked back. Wood turning also fits in fantastically with my young family and family life.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

Its different every day, with a new challenge and something new to be created. I am still learning lots and developing my skills as a wood turner. Receiving positive feedback and selling items you have crafted by hand is extremely rewarding.

What motivates you?

What inspires you? Exploring new things to make and potential markets for these items. Trying to figure out how to bring ideas to life.

Paul Surtees bowls

What frustrates you?

Wanting more equipment and a bigger space to work in….but for now the garage will have to do.

How and where do you sell your creations? 

These are sold at craft fairs, fetes and some local Garden Centres.

How do you promote your work?

Through word of mouth a the moment as I have not been going that long. Business cards, catalogues and signage at craft fairs. Looking to develop this further however.

Any plans for expanding the business?

Expanding the range of items I produce and exposure to potential customers.

What is the most important thing on your wish-list for your craft?

Apart from customer satisfaction, a great raw material in quality, colour and that is affordable or a material from reclamation that can be up-cycled.

Paul Surtees Mortar and pestle

Any advise you would like to give upcoming makers of your particular craft? 

Practice, practice, practice….Source your raw materials carefully. The web is full of inspiration and direction for undertaking new projects.

Any thoughts you would like to share with all fellow crafters?

Never be afraid to start something new or be afraid to ask a question or for help / guidance.

If you wanted to expand your set of skills or learn a new craft what would it be?

Cabinet / Small Furniture making.

Tell us about any craft events, exhibitions etc you are doing in the next 12 months:

Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincoln Cathedral through Temp Promotes and Stamford Artisans Guild Fairs.

Do you sell through any retail outlets? Currently supply Barnsdale Gardens Gift Shop with a range of items.

Contact details:

Paul Surtees Telephone: 07593 841703


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