We are happy to announce that well-know woodturner Chris Smith will join our team and will be an important instructor and teacher in our Passenger Classroom onboard.
Here is his bio:
My name is Chris Smith and I live in Perth, Western Australia.
My wood adventures started many years ago as a sheet metal worker in the UK, were I was taught to use a metal spinning lathe.
When I finished my apprenticeship I became a police officer, married and bought my own home so carpentry raised its head, although wood as an art form did not happen to me for a few more years until I migrated to Australia with my family.
Some time after my arrival in Australia I was given an old and very cheap wood lathe that I used to make the wheels for model farm carts made by my father and myself - though that lathe soon found a new home.
Some years later I took up wood turning seriously by joining the West Australian Wood Turners Association which soon became an obsession and I bought my Vicmark VL300 lathe.
I started to enter a few competitions, winning a few and passed into the ranks of advanced turners. Then I began teaching and selling my work through galleries.
Wood turning has become a large part of my life and I get a great thrill out of passing on my knowledge yet still learning from other turners from around the world.
My turning has evolved in many ways and I use colour and pewter and others media in my turning, but always to compliment the beautiful timbers of our beautiful south west of Australia.