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Dennis Hales

Dennis works with locally grown sycamore, holly, ash and maple. The white woods offer a natural canvas on which to incorporate a wide range of finishing techniques. Turned, carved, textured surfaces finished with water soluble dyes and metal leaf are used to enhance the natural features of the wood whilst achieving a sympathetic balance of form and finish. His work includes fruit displays, Sycamore bowls embellished with silver leaf and wall plates of ash and copper. Dennis is a member of The Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society and the Suffolk Craft Society. His work is sold through Galleries, Exhibitions and craft events. Commissioned work has included; table centre fruit dishes, gold leaf bowls and wedding anniversary wall platters. Visit the workshop display (by appointment) to discuss individual requirements. A current commission involves colour matching soft furnishing fabrics wall colourings and wood finishes in the creation of a table centre and wall piece with the common feature of gilded centres.

The turning point for a fulltime career came after being invited as guest exhibitor with the Suffolk Craft Society. With the support of my family and a growing demand for the work I gave up the “day job” some ten years ago. Exhibitions at local and national level have followed with sales to galleries and private collectors.