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I thought this would be a nice story to share. I recently looked for someone to turn newel posts and spindles for me to extend my 1880’s staircase. In the past Alan Beecham has done some turning for me, some of you might know or have heard of Alan from published articles, talks and demonstrations, he has now retired but his brother Ray beecham is still turning, a busy and lovely chap with impressive skills handed down through five generations of family knowledge.
He is training his son to carry on with the woodturning family tradition and to quote Ray ‘I still have a few techniques to teach before I can take a back seat, popping in on occasions to help out of course’. I asked Ray how old his son was, he is 42 years old, now that’s an apprenticeship and it’s great to know that these skills are still sought after.
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