My name is Ed Pretty and among other things, I am a woodturner. I regard myself simply as a “maker”, however my work is of an artisitic nature, so if that makes me an artist then so be it. On this blog you will find a gallery of my work, posts about woodturning tools and techniques and hopefully insightful comments on both from anyone visiting the site.
My work is presently available in four galleries; the Arnold Mikelson Mind and Matter Gallery in White Rock, BC, The Circle Craft Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC, Fluff for Keeps - also in Vancouver and Little Cricket Gift Gallery in Maple Ridge, BC. Besides that, I wanted to have one place that showcased all of my work, past and present, so decided to set up a blog for that purpose. The original idea has morphed into something much more than that and I am enjoying sharing my ideas on the web.
I believe that one’s art is an evolutionary process. I can trace mine back to simple projects done for fun as a kid. Later, as an adult, my work was functional – made to suit a need or purpose, usually architectural. I don’t know what drew me to the medium as a way of expressing myself, but one day it occurred to me that that was my motivation. Somehow colour came into the picture and the use of colour has now become my trademark along with form and surface texture.
The learning process along the way has been, at times, a steep climb. In the beginning I drew on my general knowledge and experience - sharpening, wood properties, general woodworking and machine tool theory – to help me understand woodturning techniques. Most recently I have been fortunate to learn directly from some of the best turners in the world.
Because it has been a long, uncertain process to get where I am, I am very sensative to the needs of new turners as well as experienced turners venturing into new territory. I am myself always learning new techniques. In my profession as a firefighter I became an experienced trainer, enjoying the process of helping others learn, keeping themselves and others safe. It is my hope that now I will be able to help others learn the skills they need to enjoy woodturning to their best ability. Surprisingly, that ability is often greater than they themselves believe. The great satisfaction in training is having the opportunity to bring that out.
To that end, I hope that everyone is able to gain as much as possible from my posts and the comments posted by others. Should anyone who is not a woodturner review the posts and gain a greater appreciation of how we do what we do, I would be most pleased.
It is my hope that anyone viewing my gallery will find enjoyment from my work. Also, as I find inspiration from viewing other woodturners’ work, I hope that other turners find inspiration in my work as well.
Thank you for visiting my blog.