Simon is one of Australia’s top young wood turners, passionately working to create new designs and master the art of wood turning. His early passion for wood led him to place 2nd in NSW for industrial technology and then complete an apprenticeship in cabinetmaking. After going to Turnfest, Australia’s big symposium, in 2016 he came back and quit his job to start turning full time.
Starting from his workshop at home, he has now moved out to share a space in Annangrove with a timber miller. In 2018 Simon was invited demonstrate in the tool shop at Turnfest and in 2019 he became one of the main roster demonstrators which was a huge honour.
Simon specialises in carved embellishment to highlight the beauty of the natural timber and to embellish his artworks. If he has a beautiful piece of timber, it is his responsibility to bring out the best of the wood with minimalistic design and good form to highlight the wood. If the wood is plain, it needs a bit of extra work to bring out the best of the piece and that’s where his creativity really shows.