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Chris Fisher Biography – Chris Fisher Wiki
Chris Fisher, also known as The Blind Woodturner, is the UK’s only completely blind professional woodturner. He is also the first blind turner to be accepted to the Register of Professional Turners. He has appeared on BBC1’s Money for Nothing.
Chris, from Hulland Ward, Derbyshire, lost his sight in 2008 at the age of 39, after a period of four weeks since he was diagnosed with toxoplasmosis, an infection which can be contracted from animal faeces or infected meat.
Following a year of rehabilitation to relearn basic life skills, Chris took up woodturning. He is a self-taught Woodturner, acquiring his initial knowledge by listening to YouTube video tutorials for over 600 hours. He turned his first commission in 2014, and became a full time self-employed Woodturner in 2018. His work and style have evolved, and he is now building a reputation as a woodturning artist.
Chris also set up a YouTube channel as an outlet for sharing his woodturning experiences and challenging the perceptions of what people with disabilities can achieve. He now has over 8,000 subscribers and as a result of increased awareness, has gone on to become a popular motivational speaker.
Chris now travels around the UK giving public woodturning demonstrations, speaking about his experiences, and sharing his story, in order to inspire and motivate people, no matter what their circumstances, to achieve their full potential. His message is simple – whenever you feel like you want to give up, just keep on turning.
In 2019 Chris became the first blind Woodturner to be accepted to the Register of Professional Turners (RPT). He is also a member of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB).
Chris became the first Patron for the charity, UK Men’s Sheds Association, in January 2020, an organisation that champions the Men’s Sheds movement to combat isolation and loneliness and empower local communities.
The Blind Woodturner has been featured on BBC North West/East Midlands, BBC Sunday Morning Live, BBC Reel, BBC Radio Manchester/5 Live, That’s Lancashire, in Derbyshire Life, and on the cover of Woodturning Magazine, and Google made a short film about him. Chris has also appeared on the BBC1 programme, Money for Nothing.
Chris Fisher Age
Woodturner Chris Fisher was born in 1969 in Eccles, Manchester.
Chris Fisher Wife
Chris Fisher is married to his wife Nicola Fisher. The Blind Woodturner was married in September 2022. He lives in Derbyshire with his wife, Nicola, and Guide Dog, Bamber.
“Nicola is a business advisor and she’s brilliant – she’s done courses on photography, she makes the podcasts and she’s developed my brand strategy,” Chris told UCan2 Magazine about his wife’s input in building his brand. “I’ve done lots of media interviews and we go to networking events. We’ve also done our own podcasts – At Home With The Fishers.”
Chris has a son from a previous marriage. In an interview with UCan2 Magazine, Chris revealed that his wife and son are the reason he is alive today after he slipped into “a terrible place” after going blind.
“If I didn’t have the network of people around me, my friends and family, I probably would have ended my life,” he said. “I get why people commit suicide and I was getting towards that point. Luckily I have a son, who was seven at the time, and a wife and I felt I didn’t have that option.”
Chris Fisher Money for Nothing
Blind woodturner Chris Fisher is the woodturning artisan for the BBC1 show Money For Nothing, hosted by JJ Chalmers.
Chris Fisher Instagram
Chris Fisher’s Instagram username is @blindwoodturner.