Chris Fisher, also known as the Blind Woodturner, lost his sight in 2008, over the course of four weeks, due to a rare condition called Toxoplasmosis.
Four years later, after rehabilitation to learn how to do every day activities again, dealing with the anxiety, hallucinations and muscle spasms that often accompany sight loss, and coming to terms with being blind, Chris decided to take up woodturning so that he could make himself a vampire stake – he’s a huge horror film fan!
Chris turned his first commission in 2014, going on to become a full time self-employed woodturner in 2018, and was sponsored the same year by Axminster Tools & Machinery.
In July 2019, Chris became the first blind woodturner to be accepted on to the Register of Professional Turners (RPT).
Inspired by the work of Nick Agar, Chris especially enjoys creating tactile pieces with colour and texture. He has been featured several times by the BBC.
Chris travels around the country giving public woodturning demonstrations, speaking about his experiences as well as sharing his story on his YouTube channel in an effort to inspire and motivate people, no matter what their circumstances, to achieve their full potential.
Part of Chris’ mission is to exceed the expectations of what others perceive disabled people are able to accomplish, and to prove to himself and the world that having a disability isn’t the end, it’s just a new beginning.
Chris’ message is simple – keep on turning.