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Roger Bennett

Roger Bennett Woodturner
Contact
English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+353 870567896
© Lafayette Photography, courtesy of Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Drawn to the magic of woodturning

  • • Roger taught English and French before discovering woodturning
  • • His vessels are dyed and inlaid with silver
  • • He designs patterns for his inlay using a computer programme

When Roger Bennett took a year’s sabbatical from his career as a secondary school teacher in Dublin, he was always intending to go back. But one day he was mesmerised by a woodturning demonstration and the experience changed his life. That very day, he decided he had to try woodturning for himself. He joined an evening class, bought a lathe and set up a workshop in his garden, and soon was selling pieces in a local market. One year turned into four, before Roger finally told his school he wasn’t going back. He now specialises in making woodturned bowls, vessels and wall pieces, turned very thin, coloured with water-based dyes and inlaid with silver.

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Works

  • © Jonathon Cuff
  • © Estelle Barrett-Morgan
  • © Roland Paschhoff
  • © Trevor Hart
  • © Trevor Hart
Photo: © Jonathon Cuff
Sycamore bowl

This turned sycamore bowl was inlaid with six undulating lines of silver dots. The lines are curved, as if they have been spun out from the centre by the centrifugal force of the lathe. The silver indulges Roger’s love of order, his imposed markings on the surface complement the natural flowing lines of the grain.

Diameter 26 cm
Height 9 cm

Roger Bennett Woodturner
Photo: © Estelle Barrett-Morgan
Maroon sycamore bowl

This sycamore bowl was turned using a lathe and inlaid with eight precisely placed lines of silver dots. To create an added sense of depth, the dots and the spaces between them decrease gradually in size from the rim to the centre. Roger takes great pleasure in his daily interaction with the raw materials and the magic of turning the wood.

Diameter 16.5 cm
Height 4 cm

Roger Bennett Woodturner
Photo: © Roland Paschhoff
Blue sycamore bowl

This turned, blue sycamore bowl was inlaid with six undulating lines of silver dots. Sycamore is a wonderful canvas for colouring: Roger loves the subtle variations of lighter and darker shades, as different parts of the wood, side grain and end grain, absorb the dye at different rates. The bowl won the Established Maker Award (woodturning) in the Royal Dublin Society Craft Awards Exhibition in 2016.

Diameter 12 cm
Height 5 cm

Roger Bennett Woodturner
Photo: © Trevor Hart
Night Sky series sycamore bowl

Silver dots were inlaid in a “controlled random” pattern on the interior surface of this turned sycamore bowl. It is one of the Night Sky series, where the dots shine like stars. Wood is the most tactile of materials, and Roger loves it when people close their eyes and caress the surface of a bowl, examining it with their fingertips.

Diameter 10 cm
Height 5 cm

Roger Bennett Woodturner
Photo: © Trevor Hart
Night Sky series sycamore bowl

Arcs of silver dots were inlaid in a “controlled random” pattern on the interior surface of this turned sycamore bowl. It is one of the Night Sky series, dotted with constellations of shining stars. As in many of Roger’s bowls, the sense of lightness is accentuated by the shape, the walls flaring gracefully from a narrow base.

Diameter 25 cm
Height 4.5 cm

Roger Bennett Woodturner

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