Patron’s Corner July 2020

I found out recently that this year’s Woodworking Show, due to take place at the North of England Show ground in Harrogate this year, was cancelled

I was going to be working with Tormek and BriMarc Tools again. I am gutted, not only because it’s cool to hang out with all the amazing exhibitors, but also members of the public and the Maker community too. I will miss you all but look forward to 2021 when, hopefully, we will finally be able to meet again.

This year’s ShedFest was a virtual event, thanks to modern technology, and brought together shed members and makers from all around the world. I would like to thank everyone who took part and joined in, and to Charlie Bethel, Nathan and the entire team who made such an amazing event possible. I extend my deepest admiration to everyone involved – members, ambassadors, team leaders and the management team. I loved having the opportunity to share my story and passion for woodturning with Tony and everyone who was watching. Marcel and Leo did an incredible job in facilitating the event. I hope you all enjoyed this virtual ShedFest and will catch up online again too.

So, what has been happening here at home? Nicola, my wife, continues to be very busy with her own work and looking after me and the Blind Woodturner business. She does an amazing job and I would be totally lost without her.

I have kept myself busy in the workshop and been posting every day on Social Media (I’m loving TikTok!), but we need to regroup and develop some new strategies to enable us to move forward, especially in light of the impact from the pandemic. Like so many others, in particular woodturners who rely on the demo circuit, we have lost money this year due to cancelled public appearances.

The new kid on the block is what are called IRDs or ‘Interactive Remote Demonstrations’. These enable professionals like me to give a demonstration over the internet. We have a couple of IRDs already booked for later in the year. Fingers crossed, we can book a few more too!

In the meantime, I’m sharing daily updates online and honing my skills. One of the main reasons I do what I do is to inspire and motivate others to exceed expectations of what they can achieve. It’s always heartwarming to hear how my own story has helped someone else. It just shows that it’s good to talk!

Now more than ever we all need to stay focused, positive and, above all else, happy and healthy. If you find yourself feeling lonely or sad, please remember to speak to someone. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

So, until next time … keep on turning.

Chris Fisher RPT