Buy Dennis Hales wood turning in the Hayrack art and crafts gallery in Northamptonshire.
Dennis Hales works with Norfolk grown sycamore, holly, ash and maple. These white woods offer a natural canvas on which to incorporate a wide range of finishing
techniques. Turned, carved, textured surfaces finished with water soluble dyes and metal leaf are used to enhance the natural features of the wood whilst achieving a sympathetic balance of form and
finish. His work includes fruit displays, Sycamore bowls embellished with silver leaf and wall plates of ash and copper. Dennis is a member of The Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society and the
Suffolk Craft Society.
The son of a Norfolk farmer, early influences a love of nature with politically incorrect hobbies in the early sixties of egg collecting and taming a magpie. The
first workshop was a converted garden shed. The enjoyment of working with wood was only surpassed by my love of food. Management training in "hotel operations "followed formal training as a chef.
Woodwork went on to "the back burner" the workshop became part of management therapy in the form of woodturning started some 30 years since.
The introduction of colour came in the form of a croquet set for the children, I had made the balls of elm and set about colouring them, at the time I was also
making petit four including a range of marzipan fruits " and the rest is history". The history included a fifteen-year development period of blending natural and aniline water-soluble dyes to create
the colour range and application techniques to arrest the colours, which I liken to producing a watercolour image on blotting paper.