Welcome to Rotational Matters Woodturning
I create useful works of art from wood through woodturning. Using the lathe means my creations are a variation on a cylinder shape from bowls (boxes in woodturner's lingo), and coasters, to spindle based objects like dibbers (planting sticks) and muddlers (to mix your drinks). My workshop in located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I usually work with local Maritime Canadian wood.
2023 Events for Rotational Matters
Planning is underway for the Christmas craft show season. I have confirmed my participation in the following shows:
2023 Dartmouth Handcrafters Show (Friday, Oct. 20: 2pm-9pm; Saturday, Oct. 21: 10am-6pm; & Sunday, Oct 22: 10am-4pm) Zatzman Sports Centre, Dartmouth
Nova Scotia Art & Craft Show (Friday, Nov. 3: 10AM- 5 PM & Saturday, Nov 4th:10AM – 4 PM) Cedar Event Center, 111 Clayton Park Drive, Halifax
Milton Community Hall (Saturday, Nov. 18; 9am-3pm), 7 New Glasgow Rd., Rte 224, North Milton, PE - pending
Dartmouth Makers 2023 Winter Market (Friday, Nov. 24; 5pm-9pm & Saturday, Nov. 25; 10am-5pm), Christ Church Parish Hall, 61 Dundas Street, Dartmouth
Many people are curious about the process of woodturning. I have made two videos of me making a beech bowl and a biscuit cutter so you can see some of the process. These are not meant to be instructional videos.
News from the Shop:
I am now back in the shop, seriously working to replace the product lines that were decimated in the last several craft shows. I had anticipated on doing this much earlier but my life has been dominated by ... biscuit cutters. It started innocently enough with my sister-in-law hosting a biscuit making course at the Hall in Miltonvale Park, PEI. She had a wooden biscuit cutter that was much admired by the participants. So she asked if I could make some - with a little experimentation, I produced one that my wife tested and approved.
After posting about it on my Facebook site, I pretty quickly had orders for 30. The orders kept coming in, so I kept making them. When I could, I mixed it up with a few small ring bowls, some wine bottle coasters for a summer craft show and a commissioned set of napkin rings. Just when I think I might be getting ahead with other production like wooden trees, Mrs. Rotational Matters posts something on Facebook and I sell out again. It is a nice problem to have.