Andrew Hall: Teacher, Demonstrator, Woodworker, Woodturner ,Wood Hat Milliner and Bluesbowl Luthier
Born in 1961 I have had a passion for working with wood all of my life.
My woodworking career started when I served a five year apprenticeship as a Carpenter and Joiner with Blue Circle Industries at Weardale.
At the age of 22 I had the opportunity to teach apprentices at three colleges in the North East of England.
After teaching apprentices Carpentry and Joinery for 20 years I decided to rekindle my love of woodturning and have been teaching and demonstrating since 2002. Specialising in making wood hats, Corinthian helmets and lateley musical instruments turned on the lathe called Bluesbowls .
I also turn conventional bowls, natural edged vessels, platters boxes, and coloured sculptural work.
I teach one to one and small groups, maximum of four in my workshop.
When time allows I love to turn one off pieces of artistic woodturning and try and play my Bluesbolws.
I supply a small amount of galleries with my work and manufacture bespoke woodturning made to the customer’s requirements.
I also teach and demonstrate woodturning to woodturning clubs, schools, women’s institute groups, arts centres and countryside agency groups.
I teach and demonstrate in the UK, Germany, Belgium and Ireland.
I have had exhibitions in two galleries in the North East of England: The Biscuit Factory, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Blagdon Mill, Northumberland.
I was the founder and former chairman of Wear Valley Woodturners.
I write articles for woodworking and woodturning related magazines.