Al (Duke) Blois Saint John NB

I work full time in the Technology industry and I am a part time woodworker.
I first became interested in bowl turning in the late 80s. At one of the craft shows my wife Beth and I would visit, there was a guy named Maurcice Gamblin. He turned amazing bowls and he also put on bowl turning classes. I took one of his weekend classes in the fall of 1990, and that weekend I turned 5 bowls and found that I loved it. Fast forward to 2017 and my wife and I are living in Uptown Saint John, and the Saint John Tool Library (SJTL) opens up across the street. I became a member to have access to their tools while renovating our uptown home, and at the same time I started using their old lathe to turn some bowls. I have now added two new lathes to SJTL, and I now turn bowls as often as I can and teach courses.

My style of turning is a combination of what I learned from Maurice Gablin and what I have learned online from amazing turners Stuart Batty and Ashely Harwood.

I like to turn bowls that will be used everyday and that can be passed down to the next generation of your family.

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