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Creative Turning

"The Woodturner's Paradise"

Woodturning Supplies and training



Latest News

For previous news see my blog page Creative Turning Blog

7 February 2019: I have been honoured to get an article about my work in he latest edition of Woodsa. (www.woodsa.co.za). Click here for an abstract


29 January 2019: I am back in Pretoria after a long summer break. During my break I managed to turn quite a few items which will go into my gallery as soon as they are finished.

I have also finalised the training schedule till end of April, please see the training page for more details

Other great news is that my Vicmarc shipment has arrived with VL300 lathes and chucks. Please see the Creative Turning shop for more details.  Vicmarc VL300


About Creative Turning

Carel van der Merwe is a woodturner that creates unique pieces by exploring and enhancing the natural beauty of wood by means of texturing, burning and colouring. He is always looking for design opportunities in natural flaws in wood as created by nature and is well known for his Hollow forms, Natural edge bowls and coloured turnings.

Carel has trained with a number of leading international woodturners to hone his turning technique and skills. Together with his love of tools and machines (he is a trained engineer) he is also selling woodturning tools based on his experience. With the training courses offered, he is able to advise woodturners on the correct techniques and tools required.

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At Creative Turning we have selected international brands that provides excellent quality at the best value for money based on experience of using the tools and equipment.