Last week Cadbury college product design students had first-hand experience from a very talented Woodturner. Students got a chance to speak to Bob Mercer who is a professional Woodturner. As well as getting to see Bob share his craft students had an opportunity to get tips and tricks when dealing with wood for their own projects.
A bit about Bob…
I have always enjoyed
working with wood and a few years ago enrolled on a woodworking course at the local high school. Whilst on the course I noticed a lathe in the corner of the workshop and asked if I could use it. The class teacher helped me to make a bowl. I WAS HOOKED! I made enquiries regarding qualifications in woodturning and over the next four years, I completed four City and Guilds courses in woodturning.
I built a workshop and wood store in my garden after taking early retirement through ill health in 2008. I started selling my wood turnings to foster a greater awareness of the woodturners art and craft and hopefully turn what was my hobby into a small business. I thoroughly enjoy showing young people how to use the lathe and I was excited when Phil Webley invited me into Cadbury College. I enjoy showing what I have learnt and pass on to the younger generation my expertise. “What you can make from wood is endless just use your imagination.”