Colwin Way started his turning career at 13 which quickly turned into an obsession. As a young teenager, he spent three weeks with Geoffrey Manley where Geoff would show him once and told him to “get on with it.” At the end of that experience, Colwin convinced his parents to help buy his first lathe, a Myford ML8. After honing his skills, Geoff asked him to become an apprentice where he worked for the next five years learning a huge variety of turning techniques from spindle to bowl, hollow forms to miniature but also in many materials including wood, bone, ivory, jade, jet, antler, stone, horn, amber, plastic, clay and resin. In 1998 Colwin started working as an advisor for Axminster tools, which included teaching, demonstrating and writing for them. To date he has lectured in the USA, France, Spain, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Ireland and Norway.