This slack period gives you time to think back, to look at where you were and where you are now. When I got back into turning some 12, 15 years ago I was doing something that I had loved many years earlier in school but to be honest I was playing at it, never dreaming that one day I would be earning a living at it. I used any old wood I could get my hands on, often rotten, damaged, found on the roadside it wasn't the ideal material to start back with. Living in the wilds of Exmoor at the time I didn't have any contact with other turners apart from a forum I found online and there I started to get critique and helpful ideas. It was mainly technical and not to do with design etc so I developed my own ideas which were at time off the wall. I knew then that doing the normal bowls etc wasn't really what I liked or wanted to do and started trying different things that looking back were the foundation of where I am today. I was fortunate to end up with a partner and wife who had both a history in design and an ability to criticise in an encouraging way and so was able to develop my ideas collaborating with her. My first love has always been the challenge of making something from wood that others would reject and surprisingly I find that often these are the pieces that sell at shows though other turners perhaps are less enthusiastic LOL. Anyway here are a few examples from the last ten years.