MtW Live: Carl Burn

I am a green woodworker, charcoal maker, printmaker and woodturner, I make bowls and hollow forms (vases or pots) using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques.

For the woodturners reading this, yes I use carbide tools when I feel it is appropriate and I refuse to apologise or make excuses for that! 

For the non-woodturners reading this can pretty much ignore that last bit but please note I have most likely just alienated a large proportion of the woodturners reading this information!

I use only timbers sourced from local estates, gardens and woodlands. Each source is known to me, they have demonstrated a responsible attitude towards management of their timber resource and provide me with the information I need to go with the timber.

All timber coming in is recorded, all products can be traced back to the source - and by this I mean literally that I can show you the stump.

This means that all of my work has provenance, an unbroken chain of custody from tree to finished product - this is a critical part of my practice.

I don't use resin, many others do and they produce some really lovely work. I have tried it and found that this is not a material I have any experience or empathy with and so I choose not to use it - but I reserve the right to change my mind!

In terms of design my main focus is on form and simplicity, accentuating what is already in the timber, using whatever techniques and methods necessary to highlight and complement the features given to me by the tree and by nature.

For me the process is a two way discussion, it is never a monologue and, if there's a disagreement, the tree almost always wins.

You won't find my name attached to things....why?

Simple, its not about me, its about the material …..and a lathe called Wanda!! 

My Demonstration

I am going to be doing a collaborative demonstration with Arun Radysh Haasis. Arun will be making a vessel with an aperture to receive a lid. I will be making the lid using a hand held CNC router - a Shaper Origin.