Richard Chapman was brought up on a small farm in Haddiscoe between Norwich and Yarmouth and gained a passion for carpentry during childhood where he was lucky enough to be taught woodwork by a master cabinet maker.
The wood turner's workshop near Hunstanton lies amid stocks of fallen timber bartered from landowners and foraged from near and far.
Richard creates beautifully turned wooden vessels - such as platters, bowls and urns. Such exquisite pieces demand a careful working with the medium. When rare cracks emerge during the production process they are often incorporated into the design. Some of his most dramatic pieces have been made from wet turned timber, using rarer loacal timbers such as Wild Service and Black Poplar.
Richard Chapman originally trained in Physical Education at Dudley College of Education, Worcestershire - his gift remaining a hobby, but in 1993 Richard decided to turn full-time to woodturning and since then he has gained national recognition.
John Martins Gallery, Albemarle Street, London
Thompson's Gallery - Aldeburgh, Suffolk & Marylebone High St, London
Ringstead Gallery, Norfolk
Great Walsingham Gallery, Norfolk
Norman Adams Antiques, Kensington, London
Maintenance is very simple - just polish with furniture wax rubbed in well with a soft cloth, or occasionally with 0000 gauge steel wool. The wood is all fully seasoned before exhibition.