About creative turning


During his professional career, Carel has practiced woodturning on a part time basis but is now doing this on a fulltime basis since the beginning of 2018. Together with creating his own artistic works, he is also offering training courses in woodturning as well as specialised woodturning tools and equipment. During his numerous international travels he trained with some of the world leading woodturners in the UK and Germany. His primary passion is to explore the natural beauty of wood and to create features from the natural flaws in the wood. He is well known for his hollow forms and natural edge bowls.

With his training with international masters, he has also started to enhance the hidden features of light coloured woods by means of colouring and surface decoration. This has gained him the first prize at the 2016 Symposium of the South African Association of Woodturners. The theme was an enhanced sphere which was won with his work titled "The New World Symphony"

In 2017 he was awarded the first prize for his piece "Broken Perfection" at the Exhibition of the Pretoria Woodworkers Association

In 2018 he was again awarded first prize at the Symposium of the South African Association of Woodturners with his piece "Earth, Wind and Fire". The piece "Pained Feathers" was awarded second prize at the same Symposium. 


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New World: Symphony

2016: First prize at the Symposium of the Association of Woodturners of South Africa

New World: Symphony

Broken Perfection

2017: First prize at the exhibition of the Woodworkers Association of Pretoria

Broken Perfection

Earth, Wind and Fire

2018: First prize at the Symposium of the Association of Woodturners of South Africa

Earth, Wind and Fire

Painted Feathers

2018: Second prize at the Symposium of the Association of Woodturners of South Africa

Painted Feathers

2019: Article in Woodsa

2019: Article in Woodsa

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