John Ruffle turned his first bowl when he was 16 and has retained an interest in turning ever since. Just over half a century later, he has incorporated an interest in colour, form and texture into his designs for woodturning. In that time he has done woodturning intermittently, and in the last ten years has engaged with it on a more serious basis.
He has always had a love for wood and the shapes and colours evident in the natural world and allows these to inspire what he does with wood.
In days of old, woodturning tended to be round and brown and little else. This need not be the case now, and colour and texture can be used to enhance the delightful properties of wood itself. Turned wooden objects can be works of art in their own right.
He tends to avoid repetitive work unless specifically commissioned to do it, so that even similar pieces have unique differences between them. He is accredited by the Association of Woodturners on Great Britain as a woodturning tutor.
He has served as chair of Avon and Bristol Woodturners and as a director and tutor for the Max Carey Woodturning Trust.