Let’s take a brief look into Vic’s history. Before entering the world of woodworking, Vic served for 14 years in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. After leaving the RCHA, he studied furniture design and making at Rosewood Studio and learned from some of the best in the business, including Garrett Hack, Adrian Ferrazzutti and Michael Fortune. After graduating, he ran his own studio furniture business while working at Rosewood as a part-time instructor and craftsman in residence before becoming editor at Canadian Woodworking magazine.
Vic now has what might be seen as one of the best jobs in woodworking and it is a role which allows his charismatic personality to shine through. By day, Vic is the Woodworking Technical Advisor at Lee Valley & Veritas Tools and by night he teaches privately and for Lee Valley’s seminar programme. He also continues to design and build furniture in his home. Vic is the author of The Minimalist Woodworker, which was published in September 2015 by Spring House Press. His book deals specifically with the needs of woodworkers who only have a small space at their disposal. Learn more about Vic and take a look at his blog, latest projects and other interesting stuff at the Minimalist Woodworker.
Vic says: “You don’t need to have all the tools, hundreds of square feet of space or thousands of dollars worth of gear. What you do need is the desire to make something with your own two hands.”
More recently, Vic has been touring Australia, China and South Korea with his Veritas colleague Wally Wilson.
If you would like to catch one of Vic’s demonstrations or have your copy of The Minimalist Woodworker signed by the author himself (copies will also be available to purchase), he will be at the following venues:
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 November – Axminster Cardiff store, Valegate Retail Park, Cardiff CF5 6EH (10am-4pm both days);
Friday 18-Sunday 20 November – North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show, Harrogate HG2 8QZ (Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm).
Vic will also be holding demonstrations at Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford on Wednesday 9 November and at Warwickshire College on Tuesday 22 November. These two events are primarily aimed at students.