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Norfolk based wood turner Dennis Hales works with locally grown sycamore, holly, ash and maple; the white woods offer a natural canvas on which to incorporate a wide range of finishing techniques.
He uses turned, carved, textured surfaces finished with water soluble dyes and metal leaf to enhance the natural features of the wood to achieve a sympathetic balance of form and finish. His work includes fruit displays, bowls and wall plates, with each piece unique in design. The plates and dishes which accompany the fruit are coloured to match and enhance the fruit pieces, this makes them an integral part of the piece rather than simply a holder for the fruit.
Dennis is a member of the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society and the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain.