When Theo was young he dreamed of
becoming a woodwork teacher.
While his career path took a
different direction he eventually fulfilled that dream when he demonstrated at
the Australian event Woodturn 2004 in Sydney, alongside Richard Raffan, Soren
Berger and Tim Skilton.
Theo is now a regular at
Australia’s biggest annual symposium, Turnfest, demonstrating in 2005, 2010,
2011, the Turnfest Masters 10th anniversary in March 2012, and in 2013. This
year is his fourth consecutive year as a presenter at the three-day Timber and Working
with Wood Shows in the capital cities of Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. He has also been invited to demonstrate on the
Norwegian Woodturning Cruise in August 2014.
Theo has been described as a well
prepared demonstrator, fully equipped, light hearted, informative, fast and
fascinating, with a raft of interesting tips and ideas. His greatest joy is to
watch the smiles on the faces of his audience as he explains the safest and
easiest way to develop tool control, take advantage of the characteristics of
the wood, create interesting projects and have fun along the way.
Theo is also a professional
drummer and he not only turns his own drumsticks, but also makes his own drums
- the xylobowl tongue drum.
Theo’s ability to identify and
connect with his audience, his choice of projects, skill as a woodturner and
his infectious smile have made him popular with the general public and the