Mike Whitfield

Mike Whitfield

Mike Whitfield has over 40 years of expertise in producing exquisite pieces of art, both decorative and functional using traditional techniques and highest quality woods, latterly progressing to specimen pieces of breathtaking proportions.

Mike uses principle skills from his early career as a Mechanical Engineer and combined with native hardwood, felled by local Tree Surgeons from ‘end of life’ trees, creates inspirational pieces in Ash, Chestnut, Cherry, Elm, Hawthorn, Holly, Laburnum, Oak, Maple, Robinia, Sycamore, and Yew; Burrs being his main passion.

Specialising in bowls and platters both decorative and functional, the excitement for him comes in bringing out the best features and shape of each piece, whether it be from the burr, dried boards milled from tree trunks, rough turned bowl blanks left to dry for a long period or wet turned – each process revealing extremely surprising and fascinating results in the grain patterns with no two items the same.

Having retired from Cheshire to the Llyn Peninsula, Mike is a Member of the Gwynedd and Clwyd Association of Craftworkers and exhibits at the Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw Llanbedrog, Bodnant Craft Centre and now is delighted to add Vermilion Gallery.

As Custodians of one of our most natural diminishing resources – WOOD – Mike is proud to be playing a part in making pieces available for everyone to enjoy in their lifetime and beyond as Family Heirlooms. As a tactile product loved by children and adults alike it gives off lots of energy and releases the ‘feel good’ factor on ownership. Join him in playing a part in our history.