Travelling exhibition spot for Orkney woodturner

A beautiful handcrafted wooden bowl made from Orkney sycamore has been chosen to form part of a national exhibition which will tour the country until next year.

The bowl, made by Orkney Crafts Association member Michael Sinclair Woodturner, was selected as one of sixty to go on tour with the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB).

The Orkney sycamore bowl from Michael Sinclair Woodturner.
The Orkney sycamore bowl from Michael Sinclair Woodturner.


The travelling exhibition sees members invited to submit up to three different pieces of work before experts choose their favourites. Now the bowl from Orkney will be on display at a number of major events until October 2018, including the European Woodworking Show in Essex this September.

Michael’s entry was inspired by Orkney’s rich Neolithic heritage and the bowl is decorated with some of the designs featured on finds from the Ness of Brodgar archaeological dig. It measures 90mm by 235mm and is finished with oil and buffed.

The bowl is oiled and buffed and is inspired by Neolithic pottery found in Orkney.
The bowl is oiled and buffed and is inspired by Neolithic pottery found in Orkney.


‘It’s a great honour to have one of my pieces selected to go on tour with the AWGB,' said Michael. ‘There were more than a hundred entries so I’m proud to have been chosen as one of the sixty to be displayed. Hopefully the bowl will catch the eye of visitors to the various shows over the coming months and maybe even inspire them to find out more about Orkney, our wonderful history and our talented makers.’

You'll be able to see the bowl at a number of events across the UK before October 2018.
You'll be able to see the bowl at a number of events across the UK before October 2018.


Find out more about Michael Sinclair Woodturner from our members page, the official website and via Facebook and Twitter. You can also see Michael in action on the Orkney Craft Trail.