Community Showcase: Time

Providing an additional platform to showcase your handcrafted work.

Every month, we share a theme. Makers from all over the country are invited to create new work or share photos of existing work that relates to the chosen theme of the month, and the theme for April 2022 was 'Time.'

The maker of each submission is also entered into a free prize draw and a winner is selected at random to win a £25.00 Turners Retreat voucher! That work will be our ‘Featured Piece of the Month’ and will be shared with our Mailing List subscribers by email and on our social media pages.

View the submissions sent in to us during April below and support fellow makers by following their social media pages. Let's help eachother grow!

If you would like to take part in the next theme, scroll down for details and find out how to enter!

Featured Piece of the Month: The Novice Turner

Maker: Chris Chance
Craft: Woodturning

What inspired this piece: Looking at a sunflower, it inspired me to consider 'Summertime' with the flowers coming into bloom displaying their vibrant colour.

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Orana Crafts

Orana Crafts

Maker: Sam Derrick
Craft: Pyrography

What inspired this piece: My piece was inspired by my lifelong love of dragons, and my fascination with steampunk style, I'd been wanting to create something incorporating the two, and pyrography gave me the perfect medium! Clocks are a key part of steampunk so this seemed ideal for this months theme. 

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A Burning Ambition
A Burning Ambition

Maker: Chris Slack
Craft: Woodturning

What inspired this piece: My daughter asked if I could make a special 60th wedding anniversary gift for 2 very dear friends, she left it up to me to decide what to make. This beautiful clock was the finished item.

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Hampshire Hog Woodturning
Hampshire Hog Woodturning

Maker: Julie Barker 
Craft: Woodturning

What inspired this piece: I was challenged by a friend to make an apple! Never even tried before, so this is my 'first time' apple! Wood is beautiful laburnum. 

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Croftway Crafts
Croftway Crafts

Maker: Chris Ford
Craft: Woodworking and turning

What inspired this piece: The film 'Beauty and the Beast.'

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Kate's Kuality Krafts

Maker: Kate Kitchin
Craft: Woodworking, turning and pyrography

What inspired this piece: I made and fell in love with my first Dino months ago and have been adding to my character range ever since. This project has been in the back of my mind for ages so after completing the design and creating patterns I'm absolutely buzzing that it’s finally come together. 

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Sharp Turning

Maker: Matthew Sharp
Craft: Woodturning

What inspired this piece: I wanted to keep the form of piece very simple. There's a lot going on in the spalted beech and I wanted the grain and spalting to be the main focus rather than over complicate the skeleton clock.

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Wood Elf Turning

Maker: Neil Wake
Craft: Woodturning

What inspired this piece: Whilst cutting firewood, I spotted an interesting Beech crotch showing an area of spalting. The shape and figure inspired me to create a natural edged, flat back clock. The figure in the wood curved for the clock face and the natural edge gave it a textured feel, a reminder of its origins. 

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Alan Essam

Maker: Alan Essam
Craft: Woodturning

What inspired this piece: This is one of a few vintage type clocks I have turned, I find that some antique products make ideal turning projects especially when combined with other ideas such as clocks. The planning is important, often requiring research into the original items and prototype runs to get the dimensions right.


Lucy Lamb Crafts

Maker: Felicity Salmon
Craft: Woodturning

What inspired this piece: : I found an interesting piece of an old ash branch, destined for the stove. It was rotten and beetle infested in the centre, but that knotty bit turned out to be stunning. It begged to be a mantle clock and challenged me to attempt my first skeleton clock.

Find Lucy Lamb Crafts Online

The winner of the prize draw and featured piece of the month is Chris Chance - The Novice Turner. Congratulations, Chris! A £25 Turners Retreat voucher is on its way to you by email, and your work will be featured on our social media feeds and in our e-newsletters during the month of May.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our very first Showcase, we've loved seeing your work and learning more about the inspiration behind each piece, thank you for sharing your stories with us!


Want to feature your work next month?

The theme for May is Royalty.

This theme is for you to interpret in any way you like! You can use this month to create something new or submit something you've already made. Here's some suggestions to get your ideas flowing:

  • Kings and Queens (figures of people, chess pieces etc)
  • Items associated with royalty, such as a crown, palace, flag, jewels, throne etc.
  • Animals, maybe the King of the jungle or even a corgi
  • Simply a piece using the colour purple (purpleheart wood, purple pen blanks, purple stains or paints etc.)

There's lots of possibilities! 

To submit a piece of your work, please send us the following information by email:

  • Your name
  • Your small business name (where applicable)
  • Your small business social media links (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • A link to your website or online shop (where applicable)
  • A few words explaining what inspired your piece (up to 50 words)
  • What tools/materials were used to make your piece (up to 50 words - at least one tool or material must be a Turners Retreat product)
  • 3 photos of your work from different angles (please ensure your work is well lit and photographed against a plain background for the best results)

Please send your submission by email to with the theme, month and year as the subject line, for example 'Royalty - May 2022 Entry.’ The deadline for submissions based on the theme 'Royalty' is the last day of the month, Tuesday 31st May 2022.

Terms & Conditions

  • You may only submit one piece of work per month.
  • The work you submit must be your own. No copyright pieces please.
  • Photographs that include people will not be used, please submit photos of your work in a well-lit area against a plain background.
  • Submissions sent to us one month will be made live on the website the following month, for example, if you submit work in May, it will be live on our website in June.
  • If you change your mind and would like the photo of your work to be removed from our website, please get in touch to let us know.
  • Any vouchers won are not redeemable for cash.

By sending us a submission, you agree for Turners Retreat to reproduce your photo and prose and edit it as we deem appropriate. This may be for another purpose later down the line where full credit will be given.

Enjoy and happy making! We look forward to seeing your work soon.


Here's some of the products used to make this month's submissions...

Standard Bowl GougeStandard Bowl Gouge
from £48.75
Modular Tool Rest BarModular Tool Rest Bar
from £21.99

Skeleton Clock InsertSkeleton Clock Insert
Was £25.98 Now from £17.41

Melamine LacquerMelamine Lacquer
from £9.00

3rd May 2022

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