My name is Norman Peter Pratt. But everyone knows me as Peter.
I was born in York and live only 2 miles from there, I’m not adventurous.
I was an apprentice at Cooke Troughton and Simms, as an Optical instrument
Maker, the factory is now a brown field site.
I started wood turning in about 2002 on my metal lathe; I had to make an attachment to hold a work rest. I learnt the basics at an evening school in Acomb, but that only lasted one season because of cut backs.
I then bought a second hand Delta wood turning lathe, and made room for it in my 8’ x 6’ shed, between my milling machine and my metal lathe. That’s Just enough for me to turn round in.
I joined the Jorvik wood turning group in 2004 and thought my turning was absolutely terrible. And realised I had a lot to learn. And this is the best place to do it.
I do try to turn items for our monthly competitions and have had a few good results from them...
I am a member of the York Model Engineers for my other interest, Clocks, stationary and Stirling engines.