Rick Taylor

 Master Wood turner

Rick Taylor


New Zealand


Rick Taylor has been wood turning for over 40 years. 

His gallery/studio has been operating in Dargaville for over 24  years and he welcomes wood turners and those interested in the art of wood turning from all around the world to visit and learn some of the history of New Zealand Ancient Kauri wood.

The gallery is full of his art works for you to purchase, ancient kauri bowls, platters, hollow pots, pens, treasure boxes and carvings.

A posting home service is offered or you can take your purchase with you- if we post your purchase you get the 15% gst tax off the price which helps towards the posting/shipping costs..

You can also purchase via email - just email us which ancient kauri item you would like to purchase with the reference number and we will confirm if it is still available or we can offer an alternative piece.

Each piece is unique 

Rick also offers wood turning tuition - individual tuition for one day or longer - see the tuition page

You can have a basic beginners days or an intermediate or advance day or days.

You need to prebook for the tuition.

We can arrange accommodation close by.

Rick  (in the middle) receiving Life Membership from the Whangarei Woodturners Club in 2014

He formed that club over 40 years ago and also formed the Rotorua Woodworkers Club when he lived there

Rick Taylor - Master Woodturner and fish'o

where he lives and his hobbies

This photo shows the settlement of Mangawhare 1 km down river from Dargaville

where Rick has his gallery and working studio

this is where sailing ships loaded up with kauri the timber and kauri gum

back in the early days

Rick's hobby is taking photos

Photos from Around Dargaville & the Kauri Coast 

Mangawhare back in the days of the sailing ships - bringing supplies and taking out the kauri gum and kauri timber - the gum went to Wigan in the UK and was processed in to paint and vanishes and as a linoleum product. The kauri timber was used for repairing the ships and building. 


the bridge over the Northern Wairoa River Dargaville and seagulls enjoying the sunshine


Mr and Mrs Duck - Northern Wairoa River, Dargaville

photos by Artist Rick Taylor