About Robin Bovey

Turning Pink Ivory

I am a biologist and nowadays, a wood turner.  Through the years I have worked in many parts of the world with different environmental and humanitarian organisations, thus spending most of my life dedicated to the conservation of nature and the environment. i now live near Porto on the north west coast of Portugal and spend as much of my time as I can turning wood which is my passion!

I have always been inspired by nature and the beauty therein and I have always been fascinated by the beauty that is locked away within a piece of wood and can not be seen and appreciated until the material is “opened up”. The best way to reveal the beauty of wood is to turn it on a lathe, as turning a piece of wood shows the three-dimensional view of its grain, colours and patterns within the wood.  

I work both with dry and freshly cut wood.  Freshly cut wood or “green wood” interests me a great deal as the wood changes its shape as it dries, so in the end nature has the final say in how the finished piece looks.

One of my early interests in the beauty of the natural world, led me to do the photography for Mosses Lichens and Ferns of Northwest North America and that in turn gave me a chance to do a photographic exhibition – Cryptogams – initially in Edmonton and then throughout Canada and the USA.


A Biological Inventory of the Island of Montserrat and Recommendations for Protected Areas, WWF UK – 1986

Mosses Lichens and Ferns of Northwest North America, with Vitt and Marsh, Lone Pine Publishing 1988 – republished 2007

Birds of Edmonton, Lone Pine Publishing, First published 1989

Birds of Calgary, Lone Pine Publishing, First published 1989

Birds of Vancouver, Lone Pine Publishing, First published 1989

Birds of Victoria, Lone Pine Publishing, First published 1989


1989 et seq. Cryptogams and exhibition of macro photos of lichens and mosses at the Edmonton Art Gallery and across Canada and USA

2003 Heike de Qudros Gallery, Maputo, Mozambique

2003 Malelane Gallery, Malelane, South Africa

2015 to 2018 as part of Agricultura Lusitana, in Germany, at Museu de Arte Popular in Lisbon and Aveiro University in Portugal

2015 Gallery Bolhorst (Germany)

2017 Within and Without, Kirsuberjatréð, Reykjavik