Ed Pretty – Wood Artist
Ed is an accomplished woodturner who has been turning for a very long time, 62 years to be exact. Of course he didn’t start out being an expert, no one does! He started when he was only 9 on an old lathe at home with his father at the helm. His first project was a handle for his mother’s favourite slotted spoon. (We still have it today). He has branched out extensively since then. Want to keep up with Ed, keep coming back, or check out his Facebook page.
Interactive Remote Demonstrations
Along with many other turners Ed has branched out into the field of Interactive Remote Demonstrations or IRD for short. This is a relatively new way to demonstrate, but thankfully was all in place before Covid hit. He offers IRD to guilds all over the world and now has taken it one step further to weekly IRD with a variety of topics. Check out the topics here.
Check out the Gallery
Want to see some of Ed’s work, have a look at the gallery. Unfortunately it is a little behind the times and I, his wife Arlene, haven’t had the time to update it. Stay tuned though, I will be working on that soon.
Ed also offers woodturning lessons here at the shop. Lessons are one-on one or perhaps two in cases of couples, siblings of other synergistic combinations. There are three categories:
- “Want to turn”. People who are interested in learning to turn but do not have a lathe. This is a single day where you will learn what you need, what you don’t need and what’s nice to have. You get the experience of turning a bowl but, understandable, Ed will do a lot of it. Many have come back for further instruction, noting that they saved the price of admission in the things that they didn’t buy but would have.
- “New Turner”. People who have a lathe and tools and want to learn proper technique. This is a minimum two-day session, preferably two days back to back.
- “Master Class” sounds a bit pretentious so we’ll call it “Advanced”. Single days offered to established turners seeking advanced instruction (often in between-centre techniques) or bowl turners that find themselves struggling with one or more issues.
From one of Ed’s star students…
I have had the distinct pleasure of taking woodturning lessons from Ed in person and online. He is a complete pro in every sense of the word. You cannot ask him a woodturning related question he hasn’t already considered and resolved. He is technically, intellectually and artistically in a class of his own. He has been turning since his youth. He would probably not like me saying this but Ed is very smart. He has an inquisitive mind and the type of personality and character that propels him get to the bottom of every complication he encounters in his woodturning endeavours. I came to learn that Ed was a farm boy in his youth which loosely translated means if its broke you fix it and if you can’t fix it you just weld something together that works better than what you started off with. When you ask Ed a question about woodturning you don’t just get an answer in return, you get a complete understanding of the underlying principles behind what you asked. He is a natural teacher and more than that he loves to teach and share his craft. Before I began woodturning I spent 35 years of my life stressing as a lawyer in a downtown law firm. My clients were justifiably, very demanding. I carried that forward in my expectations of a woodturning instructor and boy Ed did not disappoint. Since taking my first lesson from Ed I have fallen in love with the craft. I turn daily for a good portion of each day. I am at the point now that I sell my turnings but I still consult with Ed when embarking on a new aspect of turning or when I encounter an issue that Ed will surely have engaged and conquered long before I make contact.
Tips and How To’s
This is something fairly new that we have added to the website. There are a variety of topics to choose from. This is being updated daily. I’m revisiting most of them before posting and am trying to only include a couple a day. Wouldn’t want you to miss any. 😉 These were mostly originally written by Ed for Craftsy. Click here, or on the tab above to get to this section.
This is a running list of Ed’s posts, both old and new. The newest are on the top, so you may have to do some digging to get to some of the oldies but goodies. Of course, you can always pick your category from the menu at the side.
This, like all websites, is a work in progress. Stay tuned for the new up and coming posts, projects, photos and more.