Torrington woodcarver Duane Cartwright will officially open his new workshop and gallery space in Torrington Pannier Market today (Saturday).

A Torrington man who found the confidence to recover from a broken back is opening a new woodcarving workshop today (Saturday).

Duane Cartwright, 45, applied for the tender of the former 14 The Gallery in Torrington after it closed in the autumn.

Duane Cartwright opened up his new woodcarving shop and gallery on Saturday. Picture: Sarah HowellsDuane Cartwright opened up his new woodcarving shop and gallery on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

Duane had originally planned to use the unit in the pannier market as a woodcarving workshop and teaching space.

But he said the community was so sad at the closure of the gallery he decided to dedicate a large portion of the unit to a gallery space.

Duane Cartwright opened up his new woodcarving shop and gallery on Saturday. Picture: Sarah HowellsDuane Cartwright opened up his new woodcarving shop and gallery on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

“When I broke my back two years ago the carving got me through it, and I used to display piece in 14 The Gallery,” said Duane.

“It gave me the confidence to carry on and have a major back operation.

“I’m pleased the artists still have a place to display their work and people can come and buy their gifts and cards.”

The gallery will be officially opened by the mayor of Torrington this morning and will be open six days a week, 9am-4pm.