Based at Arreton Barns near Newport on the Isle of Wight, The Mulberry Tree Woodturnery was started in March 2013 by wood turner Andy Fortune.
Andy had been a hobby wood turner since 1995 and finally realised his dream to start his own wood turning business with the help and support of his wife, Nikki.
Andy has many years of experience and specialises in making bowls, platters and hollow forms from locally sourced timber from the Isle of Wight. He processes the timber for his own use and also supplies wood turning blanks and Chestnut finishes for customers through his shop
He sells his own unique hand crafted turnery through shops and galleries, takes commissions, and sells direct to the public at the Mulberry Tree Woodturnery gallery at Arreton Barns. He also provides locally sourced hardwood and softwood bowl blanks, boards and craft timber to local woodworkers and is the main Isle of Wight distributor of Chestnut finishing products and Record Power tools and equipment.
His beginners and intermediate bowl turning courses have proved to be very popular and every participant has left with a broad knowledge of bowl turning and spindle turning techniques and the confidence to continue this fascinating craft on their own.
Andy is an active member of the Wight Woodturners which meets in Newport on the last Thursday of each month in the scout hut at St.Johns Road. (www.wightwoodturners.org.uk)
Andy’s latest project has been making replica bowls in the style of Tudor artifacts found on the wreck of the Mary Rose, Henry the VIII’s flagship which sank in the Solent in 1545.
In 2014 Andy was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners.