Jason Lock was working as a site carpenter until a life changing accident left him in a wheelchair. He was taught basic woodturning skills at a carpentry course and has been working to develop his own woodturning business. Mostly self-taught, his passion is unique mixed resin and wooden art forms.

Why I use resin?

You can achieve more effects with the resin with the different ways of pouring it and casting it, if you want a certain pattern in the resin you have to pour it in a different way, for example to create the ocean effect, it has to be poured in five different stages, removing the air slowly by heating it with the blow torch.

How I learnt.

Back in the day I received an NVQ level 2 and 3, plus a City & Guilds in carpentry. I learned woodturning in college, which was over 20 years ago, before the power tools came into it.

Because of this, I learned to cut and do the machining myself by using hand tools. Everything is original and made from scratch.

Because of the surgery on my hands, I now have carpel tunnel syndrome, so I’ve had to train myself to use my tools in a way which I can work with.

I had to teach myself how to create bowls and vases. Going from contract tradesman to progressing in my hobby craft, I’ve enjoyed the journey, making my first piece 10 years ago for my nan. Overcoming the frustrations of learning to wood turn sitting down, which is different to how people would teach, they would teach me wrong simply because they would be standing up. So I just got on with it and did it.

It’s important for it to be done correctly. I had to learn the hard way, by making mistakes and correcting them. I try to get it to a standard that is as high as I can possibly get it.

At college I learnt about wood that you might not learn now, how to distinct a soft wood tree against a hard wood, in the way the leaves fall. For example, the quicker it is when the leaves go brown and fall off a tree, the softer it is, and the longer the leaf is on the tree the harder the tree. For example the hardest wood to man is olive as the leaves don’t fall off.

Towards the end of the process, I use Danish oil, which has a lacker in it that protects the surface better than any other oil. When I’m working with resin, I will buff the wood with carnauba wax as this compliments the resin.

Fundamentally, I’m happy to do whatever orders come through. I put my customers first.

Feel free to contact me to make you a unique piece, book me for an event, or anything else.

I regularly attend craft fairs and other similar events in the local area, as this goes towards supporting local communities and organisations. You can see my upcoming events here.