Neil Turner now resides on a 10 acre wooded block at Stratham 11 kilometers south of Bunbury. The years spent on his wheat and sheep farm 180 km east of Perth in Western Australia provided the opportunity to use wood normally overlooked and neglected by other woodworkers. His early years were spent juggling work and family with occasional woodturning. Neil Turner has been turning and sculpting wood for over 32 years, attending workshops whenever possible to improve his technique and sharpen his focus and skills. He has in recent years studied and completed a Diploma of Fine Furniture at The Australian School of Wood in Dwellingup.
Neil Turner – Artist Statement
“My rural environment greatly influenced me, as I was able to observe the wind, fire and water impact the land. My intention is to incorporate these aspects into work that has a free, expressive and organic appearance while using carving and turning techniques to achieve a purity of form.
Wood a living breathing organism that captures my imagination. The opportunity to express thoughts and ideas in a tangible creation that continues to react within it’s environment. To design and create in wood poses many challenges both in structure and integrity but the pleasure I derive from my work is simple, a joy and passion to create pieces of work that I like.”
b. 1958, Narrogin, Australia
1992/94 Woodturning Workshop with Stephan Hughes, Bunbury
1993 Woodturning Workshop with Vic Wood, Bunbury
1999 Woodturning Workshop with John Jordan, Dwellingup
2000 Woodturning Workshop with Graham Priddle, Dwellingup
2000 Woodturning Workshop with Gordon Ward, Dwellingup
2003 Designing Futures Workshop with Louise Hibbit, Dwellingup, Sarah Parker, Hayley Smith & Todd Hoyer
2003 Designing Futures Workshop with Stephen Hogbin, Perth
2005 Creative Workshop Advanced Embellishment with Dwellingup Monique Tippet