We meet Woodworking Tutor and our Head of Staff Training, Craig Steele. Craig has been a tutor for four years and has been working in the woodworking industry for over 30 years. He discusses who has inspired him and what he enjoys outside of the Skill Centre.
What courses do you teach?
My background is with machines and I teach wood machining, using a bandsaw, power tool use, routing, and the Windsor chair course. I also look after staff training across the company.
How did you get started out in woodworking?
I suppose it was at school, but my dad was a carpenter too, so working with wood was all around me growing up.
How long have you been a woodworking tutor?
I’ve been a tutor for four years. However, I’ve always enjoyed sharing my knowledge that I’ve gained from the 30 plus years I’ve been working in the industry.
What do you enjoy making the most?
All sorts really, everything from small tables and dovetail boxes to outdoor construction projects. I’ve just started building a summer house and plan to make all the furniture to go in it.
What are your favourite tools?
Definitely the bandsaw and router. It still amazes me what you can do with these tools.
What, or who has inspired you?
Genuinely, it’s our customers, some of their work is amazing. I meet a lot of people that come through the Skill Centre doors and watching them learn is truly inspiring. Also, I work with some hugely talented tutors (don’t tell them). Colwin and Jason are incredible turners and have inspired me to take up turning, which might surprise some of my colleagues.
I meet a lot of people that come through the Skill Centre doors and watching them learn is truly inspiring.
What do you do when you’re not teaching?
I love to watch and play rugby, although the body is getting a bit old to play! I’m lucky enough to live by the sea and I love beach walks with my pooch, Dexter. But, I really enjoy my workshop time!
What is the best advice you have ever been given and by who?
If you’re not quite sure it’s safe to use the machine like that, stop and think, is there a safer way to do this? Stopping and thinking has certainly helped me keep all my digits!
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