THE ancient art of woodturning is alive and well in a small North Yorkshire village with enthusiasts flocking there from around the UK.
Snainton Woodturning Club is home to "a very active body of people in the area with like minds", according to member and former Malton School deputy headteacher Steve Fearnley.
The club, based at Snainton Woodworking Supplies in Barker’s Lane, often sees exponents of the art travel hundreds of miles to demonstrate and share their skills.
Steve, 59, who lives in Thornton-le-Dale, is one of many locals to have been gripped by woodturning, and now sells some of his work.
He said: "Shaping wood while it rotates on a lathe is different to most forms of woodwork – it is the wood that moves while the tools stay still.
"It probably started more than 3,000 years ago in Egypt, and then the Romans took it on and developed the practice further.
"Nowadays modern technological advancements have improved the tools and the lathes beyond measure, but the art of turning continues to be practised by thousands of individuals, both as a profession and as a popular hobby." (10/14/2015)