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UKIWS Demonstrators – Chris Fisher

Born in 1969 in Eccles, Manchester, Chris Fisher is a blind wood turner.Chris lost his sight in 2008 over a period of four weeks as a result of Toxoplasmosis and is now completely blind.

Following a period of rehabilitation and coming to terms with the impact of losing his sight, Chris took up wood turning and is a self-taught wood turner. He set up a YouTube channel to share his experiences in wood turning and to challenge the perceptions of what people with disabilities can achieve. His channel has received 3,000 subscribers.

Chris uses both traditional and modern carbide tools and owns three lathes – a Record Power, an Axminster AH1218VS, his favourite, and an Axminster Precision Pro. Chris has a custom foot switch to make it easier to operate his lathe.
Chris is also an Ambassador for Speed of Sight, a charity close to his heart which provides driving experiences for blind and disabled people. As well as valeting the track cars, Chris makes bespoke hand made pens and keyrings for the charity’s online shop.

Chris lives in Lancashire.

Chris’ demo starts at 10am in the main room.