Welcome to my web site and Maverick Woodturning with The Cave Workshop.
My name is Duane Suter and Woodturning is my passion and hobby.
I make Wood and Resin lathe-turned creations, all from The Cave Workshop conveniently located in my back garden.
For many years I have loved the look of handmade bowls, goblets, vases, pots and pens etc, especially when they are blended with resin, to make amazing hybrid creations. So back in 2020, with the help and blessing of my wonderful (and understanding) wife Rhian, I build The Cave Workshop myself, and together we created Maverick Woodturning.
You can see all my work in the Gallery section of this web site, and on other social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. Plus you can watch me create some of the pieces on my YouTube channel "Maverick Woodturning".
All the Best
The R.M.S. Olympic Fountain Pen
The R.M.S. Olympic Fountain Pen project has to be my most significant and personally rewarding project to date.
The wood that was used in the making of the pen itself, was cut from a piece of Oak paneling from the 1st Class areas of the R.M.S. Olympic.
The Olympic was the lead ship of the White Star Line's three Olympic-Class sister ships, namely The Olympic, The Britannic and of course, The Titanic.
Apart from the Titanic, the RMS Olympic was the world's largest ship between 1910-1913. The ship was in service for 24 years and was finally withdrawn and sold for scrap in 1935.
So, at the time of me making the pen, the wood was over 110 years old. As a result, it was very dry and delicate, but still turned well on the lathe. The pen has been finished with a light, but durable French polish, finished off with a Linseed Oil blend.
The presentation box was a simple Pine box, finished with a light Oak stain and flocking on the interior. The logo, image and text were then laser-etched onto the lid.
"Creative people don't have a mess.... They have ideas lying around everywhere!"