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Michael Sinclair RPT Woodturner

Michael, a born and bred Orcadian, who has been practicing the craft of wood turning for over 28 years, is self-taught. Michael has honed his skills using a combination of practice, experimentation and his desire to produce fine attractive pieces. He was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners in 2017.

Influence and inspiration is drawn from the works of Neolithic inhabitants of ancient Orkney. During the long bright summer days, the light on the landscapes inspires new designs, while the long dark nights of winter is the time when he is most productive in his workshop.

Wood is obtained from sustainable sources and is processed on site with our own sawmill, from log to finished piece.

The traditions and culture of the islands are an important part of Michael’s life and his work reflects his affinity with Orkney and its heritage of craftsmanship.

All this results in Michael creating unique wooden decorative pieces suitable for home decor , bespoke gifts or to enhance any public spaces.

Our wood turning business is run from our home where we have a small gallery and visitors are also welcome to see the workshop.


  • I have a longstanding interest in prehistory and Neolithic Orkney in particular. Your work not only celebrates but extends that tradition so I'm very glad to be acquiring this wonderful piece of true Orkney craftsmanship.

    Jeffrey Greenslade
  • Your products are of a high standard and excellent quality, highlighting Michael's skill as a wood turner.

    Having bought two bowls in your gallery, we both like them even more now that we can see them many times a day.

    Robert Shaw
  • Thank you for your work Michael, it will forever offer us memories of the amazing place you call home.

  • The ‘petrosphere' has just arrived safely. It is a thing of great beauty and it will be cherished as a family heirloom.

    Lyn M.
  • I love the age old designs. The most inspirational woodturning I've seen.

    B. Shepherd
  • You have such a good eye, Michael, and your bowl is so pleasing to my eye and hand, such a great line. You have made something very beautiful, fully exploiting the features of a stunning piece of Sycamore. 

    Ben Blythe
  • As a keen Japanese film enthusiast, there are some ‘set pieces' I have noticed where a traveller/Ronin/stranger is invited to have a meal at a campfire cauldron and he produces his bowl from his clothing/pack. The beauty, design and origin of the bowl is commented on and may or may not lead to further talk. If I was that person this is the bowl I would produce.

    Ewan Bell
  • I enjoyed meeting you both when we traveled to Orkney (from our home in America). One can see how Michael continues to refine his craft and the flexibility it takes to work with found and reclaimed wood and the respect shown to nature in all her many forms. I also love how the symbols of ancient ancestors are carried on in the trim and details. Each piece is truly of a place and time but connects us to the past.

    Lee Guion