woodturner Robbie Graham


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Wildwood Gallery
141 S.H.1 Waitahanui,
Lake Taupo 3378
New Zealand
ph: 64 7 377 0469
email: robbie@wildwoodgallery.co.nz
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday - Sunday
or by appointment.

I moved to Perth, Western Australia from Auckland, NZ, in 1978 as a fitter turner. Started woodturning in 1982, registered a business ("AnyTurn") in 1983, doing mostly production work, turning verandah posts to drawer knobs. Started experimenting in art woodturning in 1994. Decided to move back to N.Z in 1995 to open a gallery.

Woodturning Demonstration by Robbie Graham at Turnfest 2012

WildWood Gallery

"My Award winning woodturned art pieces are distinctive in style, showing meticulous attention to the finish. Many of my pieces have been enhanced with subtle touches of acrylic paint, inks, pyrography, texturing or carving, giving unique surface effects. My original creations range from hollow vessels to a range of unusual lidded containers with various delicate twists and spires adorning the lids and multi-axis turned pieces.

Woodturning Demonstration by Robbie Graham at Turnfest 2012

My enjoyment of the great outdoors through fly-fishing, bush-walking and native orchid photography constantly inspires my ever-evolving style. My involvement in the NZ woodturning scene is through competing and demonstrating, Click here to see list of demonstration and master classes.

"I like to promote wood turning as an art form."

Woodturning Demonstration by Robbie Graham at Turnfest 2012
I do club demonstrations and hands on days. If your Woodturning club is interested in having me demonstrate, send me an email.

In addition to Wildwood Gallery, my woodturning is exhibited in Zeayou Gallery Taupo, Te Papa Store Wellington, Real Aotearoa Gallery Wellington, Real Aotearoa Gallery Auckland and in private collections all over the world.

Achievements to date

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2015: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, First Place & Highly Commended, Woodturning Open Artistic.
2014: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, First Place & Second, Woodturning Open Artistic.
2013: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, 3nd and Highly Commended, Woodturning Open Artistic
2012: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, 2nd, Open Artistic.
2012: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, 2nd in pinus Radiata Open.
2011: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, 2nd in pinus Radiata Open.
2011: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Highly Commended Woodturning Traditional.
2011: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Highly Commended, Open Artistic.
2010: Manawatu Open Day, The Wellington trophy for Best Non Turned Piece.
2010: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Highly Commended, Open Artistic.
2010: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Highly Commended Woodturning Traditional.
2009: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Highly Commended, Open Artistic.
2008: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, 1st Open Artistic.
2008: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Highly Commended Open Artistic.
2008:Kawerau Woodskills Festival, 2nd place Woodturning Traditional.
2008: Franklin Art Awards, June 7. Best Overall Exhibit.
2008: Franklin Arts Festival, June 7. 1st place Woodturning/Ornamental.
2008: Franklin Art Festival June 7. 2nd place Woodturning Decorated bowls.
2008: Manawatu Woodworkers Open Day, May 18. Champion Piece.
2007: Franklin Art Awards, Best Overall Exhibit.
2007: Franklin Art Awards, 1st Woodturning/Decorated Bowl or Platter
2007: Manawatu Woodworkers Open Day, May 20. Best Individual Piece
2007: Royal Easter Show, Woodturning Lidded boxes, First
2006: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Woodturning Greek Theme, First.
2006: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Woodturning Open - Artistic, Second.
2006: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Woodturning Open - Artistic, Third.
2006: Franklin Art Awards Woodturning Exhibition, Best of Show.
2006: Franklin Art Awards Woodturning Exhibition, Second in hollow vessels.
2006: Manawatu Open Day Woodturning Exhibition, Best Overall Piece.
2006: Royal Easter Show, Woodturning Exhibition, Auckland. Decorated Bowl under 250mm: First Prize.
2005: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Tasman Mill 50 Years Pinus Radia: Third Prize.
2005: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Open Artistic: Highly Commended.
2005: Kawerau Woodskills Festival, Off centre turning
2005: Royal Easter Show, Woodturning Exhibition, Auckland, Hollow Vessel: Merit Award
2005: Royal Easter Show, Woodturning Exhibition, Auckland, Lidded Box: 3rd prize
2005: Royal Easter Show, Woodturning Exhibition, Auckland, Decorated Bowl over 250mm: Supreme Award
2004: TURNZ Putaruru National Woodturning Exhibition,
Ethnic NZ: First Prize.
2004: TURNZ Putaruru National Woodturning Exhibition, Miscellaneous: First Prize.
2004: TURNZ Putaruru National Woodturning Exhibition, Wall Hanging: First Prize.
2004: TURNZ Putaruru National Woodturning Exhibition, Best Exhibit
2003: Franklin Art Awards, Miniature: Second Prize.
2003: Thames Society ot Arts Summer Exhibition, Woodcraft: Merit Award.
2002: TURNZ Putaruru National Woodturning Exhibition, Supreme Award
2002: TURNZ Putaruru National Woodturning Exhibition, Decorative Bowl: Merit Award.
2002: TURNZ Putaruru National Woodturning Exhibition, Lidded Container: First Prize.
2002: TURNZ Putaruru National Woodturning Exhibition, Pine: First Prize.
2002: Manawatu Open Day Woodturning Competition, Second Prize.
2002: Franklin Art Awards, Woodturning Exhibition, Hollow Vessel: First Prize.
2001: South Waikato Arts Fest, Supreme Award. The legs are Damascus Steel and were made by Mat James of Taupo.
2001: National Wood Skills Festival Kawerau, Woodturning, Open: Second Prize.
2001: Manawatu Interclub Open Day Woodturning Competition: First Prize
"Twister" Lidded box, Black Maire.
2000: TRNZ Putaruru National Woodturning Exhibition: Merit Award.
"Twister" Lidded box, Matai & Black Maire
1999: National Wood Skills Festival Kawerau, Woodturning, Open:highly Commended.
"Relief", Matai Bowl
1999: National Wood Skills Festival Kawerau, Carving / Sculpture, Open: Second Prize. Carved out of an old Totara post.