Professional woodturner, Richard Findley gives an insight in a production woodturners life, this is a quote from Richard's website:
"My name is Richard Findley and I live in Leicestershire with my wife and two sons. I come from a long line of woodworkers, going back at least five generations and I have been involved in woodworking since leaving school in 1996 at 16.
I qualified as a joiner, achieving NVQ level 3 and, while working in the trade for my father, I discovered woodturning. I began by turning small pieces for furniture and cabinetry that I had made but found that I got more and more involved with the turning side of things. You could say I got hooked!
In 2006 I set up The Turner’s Workshop to pursue my passion for woodturning, working from a corner of my Dad’s factory and selling work through a shop and my website. Gradually I grew the business, gaining several regular customers and in March 2008 I moved into my own workshop in Wigston, Leicestershire. Here I am fully equipped to make almost any kind of turned work.
In 2010, having gradually built my business, I finally went full time and was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners, supported by The Worshipful Company of Turners in October of that year. Click on the links to find out more about these organisations.
In November of 2010, I had my first in a series of articles published in Woodturning Magazine entitled ‘Tips from a professional workshop’. The following year I wrote ‘Diary of a professional turner’ which was very well received by the readers. I continue to write for the magazine on a regular basis and have had well over 100 articles published, as well as appearing on the front cover for issue 233 and 243."