Our eighth turner taking part in the Ten Turners Turning event is Phil Irons.
Born in Australia, Phil was brought up with wood in the family; his father was a woodworker and antique restorer. Phil’s first introduction to woodturning came at the age of 13 when his father acquired a 1870s cast iron child’s treadle lathe. He took up woodturning as a serious hobby in his late 20s and in 1994, after a six year spell in the travel industry, took the decision to make it his profession. His knowledge and appreciation of English timbers was initially gained from working as a tree surgeon and forester for several years.
Phil regularly demonstrates in the UK, across Europe, New Zealand and the USA. He is the author of several magazine articles and a bestselling project book which has been translated into nine languages. He is best known for his colourful vessels and hollow forms. He uses contemporary coloured dyes and stains to enhance the hidden figure in white woods salvaged from tree surgeons and firewood merchants. This wood often has no commercial value other than as firewood.
Phil took part in the 2014 Ten Turners Turning and the 2009 Strictly Woodturning events. Phil now lives in Warwickshire. For more information about Phil and to view his work, please visit his website.