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About Us
Welcome to Karl Tickle Media Productions (KTMP)

Hello! I am now a retired IT Lecturer and Electronics Engineer after serving 25 years with the Royal Navy. Having produced many entertainment films for viewing by the Royal Navy, I have had several years of film production and editing experience.

      

When I left school in 1977 I served an apprenticeship as an Electrician until 1982. After a couple of years of diverse jobs ranging from auto electrical engineering to crane maintenance on the Liverpool Docks, I decided it was time again, to broaden my horizons. I decided to become an Electronics Engineer with the Royal Navy and planned to stay for 5 years...It turned out to be 25!.

I have always been very keen on DIY. Having owned three homes, and at first, with tight purse strings, I had to learn pretty quickly how to plumb, build and to do joinery. In 2004, I finally succumbed to the "Old Man's Hobby" of Woodturning. How did I get it wrong for so long? I always thought that woodturning was the kind of thing that people did in retirement and to be honest, without all of the re-kindled world-wide interest in the craft, I don't think that I would ever have become one of the fold.

So, when a new subject gets a grip on you, what do you do? Answer: You try to get your hands on all of the books and films you can, don't you? I was soon making lots of sawdust and of course, lots of firewood! I was trying to run before I could walk. Some of the films I watched helped more than others, the technical aspects being helped by the books that I read. So, what did I need to get me on my feet? Answer: A good teacher! A mutual friend introduced me to a professional woodturner from Yorkshire, this pro turned out to be Andy Lodge. After my first visit for my inauguration to the craft, I found that I was no longer making elaborate fire pokers! Andy and I hit it off straight away! I suppose more because we share the same ironic sense of humour: There's never a dull moment when Andy's over at our place! After a few months, we got talking about Andy doing his own film, as I'd identified a few gaps in the available market for woodturners, we decided together to give it a shot. Our first title: Let's Make a Tazza, was a steep learning curve for the both of us. For Andy, it was working in front of the cameras. For me it was learning to edit digitally, I was already well versed in getting people to do what I wanted for the camera. After a pretty successful roll-out with the first film, we decided to move onto the flagship film of: Fruit Turning Masterclass.

With the invaluable support from the KTMP stable woodturners and our very generous sponsors, we have come a long way with our films and now: our very own Woodturning School of Excellence.
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