Christopher Fisher is known as the Blind Wood Turner and is also an Ambassador for the charity, Speed of Sight. After losing his sight in 2008, Chris took up woodturning.
He now has a popular YouTube channel and his goal is to inspire others by demonstrating that anything is possible.
As he likes to say, ‘not dead, can’t quit’.
Born in 1969 in Eccles, Manchester, Chris went completely blind in 2008 over a period of four weeks as a result of Toxoplasmosis. 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 5,000 subscribers.
Chris uses both traditional and modern carbide tools and owns three lathes – an Axminster AT1416, Axminster AH1218VS, and an Axminster Precision Pro. To make it easier to operate his lathe Chris has a custom foot switch.
Chris is 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.
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