Kostas Gourvelos "Woodturner" Handmade Smoking pipes
From Kostas site: My name is Kostas Gourvelos. I come from Greece, born in Athens in 1961 and grown up in Xylokastron of Peloponese, some 120 Klm away from Athens, by the seaside.
Now I live in Athens, at Halandri suburb, with my wife my son and my daughter. I studied Mechanical engineer in the university of Patras but never tried it for living. From the age of 24 I run "Artemis Computers and Software" with my brother, where obviously we make programs, do internet services and sell machines.
Some years ago, at 1998 summertime, a carpenter brought us home a multi purpose furniture (bookcase/bar/cabinet), one of my wife's design. I understood at once the work was not good. (The money we paid was...) That was it ! Next time I need something, I decided to make it by myself. I start to buy tools, machines, wood and make some good furniture for my house. Too expensive, too loud the voices of my wife worrying about the money I spend and the dust in our balcony (too cold in winter there), but good work and according to our designs. Keeping buying tools, I saw an interesting machine called "Wood lathe". To own a mechanical lathe was one of my dreams, but a Wood one was... I don't know what but...
It was 2000 summertime that I got my first "Proxxon" one, 1/4 ph motor, 50cm bed... an interesting toy. Another one came 3 months later, a "Record CL2", 1/2 ph motor, 120cm bed. I made several bigger things. At spring of 2002 I ordered a "Poolewood Euro 2000", a professional machine. (I don't think this thing will stop anywhere).
Living for some years now in the world of a hobbyist woodturner, I realized something that does not exist in our lives anymore: Almost every woodturner looks pleased to teach you, to correct you, to show his way, to give you with no return. So will I: Any information about suppliers, materials, ways to make etc are at the everyone's disposal. Please feel free to contact me with no hesitation. I believe we have to share knowledge with any one who asks, as we don't own it. Moreover about simple information we gathered around. Besides, my first occupation relies on information exchange.
When the spring of 2005 came, I had to stay at my workshop on and on, trying to be in time making the ordering of wood pieces, machines and tools from abroad or teaching students. Finally, I realized I was all the day "on my lathe", but also paid for this, for my everyday expenses. This they told me is called: changing of work and I was called a "Professional". Hobby or Profession, Art or Job, this for sure "is my pink"...
At your disposal, as ...a Professional !
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org K. Gourvelos Site: woodturning.gr