About Me and This Shop
Welcome to my shop! My name is Rob, a wood turner living in Eastbourne UK - south of London and just down the coast from Hastings. I created almost every pendulum on this site using my little electric wood lathe, and each one of these been shaped and finished to the absolute highest possible standard. The only exceptions are the budget beech pendulums, which were first turned by my friend Anand in the Auroville community, India and then finished by myself. More about Anand below.
I started wood turning about 4 years ago while living in the Findhorn Foundation spiritual ecovillage in North Scotland. A veteran woodturner connected me with a local healer who taught Barbara Brennan healing and needed some beech pendulums made to sell to his students. It was a perfect fit, partly because by then I had been consciously following a spiritual path for many years and had extensively used pendulums in the past, but also because I was really having fun learning the craft of wood turning! I quickly branched out and started to make pendulums in my spare time and sell them through Etsy using the shop name of "Findhorn Woodwork". I had a great time discovering new and often unusual local woods to work with, even gathering some of the gorse from the dunes next door and using it to make totally unique pendulums from what were often cracked and twisting branches with a deep red/purple center. Many of the woods I collected came from on site, gathered by the park garden team during their late winter pruning sessions and dried by myself, such as the lilac and laburnum that I still use today. Still more came from the bay, where storm tides would wash up huge chunks of spalted beech with striking black lines webbed throughout. Eventually the older woodturner left the country and, being unable to take much of his stock with him, sold and donated large sections of it to me. From him I got both a fascinating range of exotic offcuts and some excellent local woods, such as the magnificent oak that I use in my creations today. However, not all woods can be gathered or serendipidously acquired in the UK! And so I also use a range of commercial exotic timbers, like olive and wenge.
Over the next few years I sold many pendulums to customers all over the world, and was blessed with a perfect record of over 80 sparkling reviews from my wonderful Etsy customers. Click here if you want to check out my review page (will open in a new tab). After leaving the Findhorn Foundation in late 2016 I decided I needed more flexibility than Etsy could offer, and since I was no longer living in Findhorn, decided it was time for a change of name. And so, Perfect Pendulums was born!
I went travelling in India a little while back and started my journey the Pitchandikulam Forest community in Auroville. Auroville is spiritual ecovillage in the Tamil Nadu province, founded in the late 60's to act as a center for human unity and evolution. The site itself is more like a collection of small villages, each with their own main focus. Pitchanidikulam have spearheaded the local reforestation efforts, and have planted literally millions of trees since its inception - turning what was once an arid dustbowl back into a thriving rainforest ecosystem. When I arrived I was already interested in finding a local partner to help my produce budget pendulums, and Anand was literally one of the first people I met. Although he worked as the communities accountant, I soon discovered he comes from a long line of woodworkers and that he and his father are woodturners. Slightly amazed by this development, I jumped at the opportunity and employed Anand and his father to produce the first batch of budget pendulums that you can find on my Beechwood Pendulums page. If you want to see more of Anand and his fathers work, then check out Auroanand Handicrafts.
What is Wood Turning?
Turning refers to the process of spinning a material (in this case wood) around a horizontal axis, and then applying a sharp tool to it. The tool sits upon a tool rest, so as the near edge of the wood rotates down and towards you, the tool is held firm and cuts into the wood. Effectively, whenever you see a wooden object that is perfectly circular and symmettric about a central axis, think wood lathe. Many metal objects are also machined on a metalworking lathes, especially when precision is required. In some ways, the process bears similarities to a potters wheel on its side, although instead of fingers being used to to mould the shape, metal tools like gouges, scrapers, and skew chisels are used to remove material. The wooden piece can then be sanded while the lathe is still spinning, and even have finish applied to it. In my case, for the pendulums that I create I exclusively use a shallac and wax based finish that is designed to be used by wood turners and applied while the work piece is spinning.