About Walker's Woodturning
My passion for woodturning was first cultivated during many hours spent turning with my Grandfather. Born and bred on a sheep and beef farm in the King Country, I am strongly influenced by my agricultural background. However, my inspiration for turning comes from all aspects of life around me, and I am always looking to incorporate new skills and fresh ideas.
Currently I reside in the Manawatu with my wife Helen, where I am a member of the Manawatu Woodworkers Guild Inc, and also a Member of the National Association of Woodworkers NZ.
I am proud to be a 5th Generation New Zealander but also identify strongly with my family heritage.
The Walker family resided in Selston, England until 1913 when John Thomas Walker and Sarah Dean emigrated to New Zealand aboard the SS Arawa. After disembarking in Wellington, they spent a short time in New Plymouth until they got their “farm Ballot”, at which point they moved to the King Country and began their lives farming at Mokauiti, and later Te Kuiti. Both farms are still held within the family.
The family motto "Cura et Industria", which means "by care and industry", sums up my attitude towards my work. For this reason, I have chosen the Walker Family Crest to form the basis of my business logo.
Where to view my work:
The Taylor Jensen Gallery, Palmerston North
George St Collective, Palmerston North
Feilding and District Art Centre, Feilding
The Barbed Wire Gallery, Raetihi