Friday, August 3, 2012

As The Lathe Turns In Miniature

These highly collectible miniatures are hand-turned on a wood lathe by Bertie Pittman of Bertie's Dollhouse Miniatures. Each piece is unique and made one at a time so no two will ever be exactly alike.

Bertie uses different materials to create his delicate turnings. They may be made from exotic or domestic woods or other natural materials such as palm nuts and seeds; or made from man-made materials such as laminated or stabilized wood, acrylics, plastics, and even polymer clay. Some of his pieces are coaxed from soapstone, alabaster, or other natural stone. He is always searching for new materials for creating these delightful little works of art.

Although Bertie  'turns' in many sizes, his first love is the dollhouse miniature size, in 1:12, 1:24, 1:48, or 1:6 scales.

He says, "Small turnings are a challenge to make yet they are quite easy to display. They make wonderful keepsakes and pleasing, affordable collections. They seem to make almost everyone smile and want to touch them! "

Bertie's miniature turnings have been used by other miniaturists in their creative floral displays and some have been used as props for articles in various publications and magazines of interest to miniature collectors.

Be sure to visit Bertie's website:
and go on a shopping spree:


Rosamargarita said...

Que maravillosos trabajos!
Los jarrones son divinos, como el cielo
Los patos perfectos
Un abrazo
GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación

miraclechicken said...

Oh I LOVE Bertie's turnings!!! He is incredible--wonderful feature in your blog Cath!

Blue Kitty Miniatures said...

I admire Bertie's work, I love the colours and patterns produced from the laminates and synthetic materials used.