Chris West

Chris has been enjoying his craft for over 35 years. During the last dozen or so Chris has specialized in designing and turning salt and pepper mills and shakers.

His career began in the computer industry. - He started out by serving a five year apprenticeship as an electromechanical engineer.

Yes, computers did have moving parts in those days! One important aspect of that work was the necessity of working within tight tolerances. This gave Chris the necessary skills for turning matching pairs of shakers. After taking early retirement he now spends a good deal of his time in his workshop.

Chris’s schedule also includes taking his wood-turning experience to ‘outside’ groups by giving talks to interested social organizations. Many of Chris’s shakers have appeared in the UK's Woodturning magazine. He feels that through this book he can share his knowledge and experience with many woodturners, budding and experienced alike.

He is also an active member of the Hampshire Woodturners Association, the Test Valley Woodturners and an international member of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).