Born in Northam and raised in Geraldton, Norm claims himself as a genuine 'Sand Groper’.
After leaving Geraldton High School he attended Claremont Teachers College for three years, training as an industrial arts teacher. He then moved to Kalgoorlie, beginning a family and a 20 year stretch in country service. He thoroughly enjoyed country life and became involved in an array of creative and physical activities. Upon retiring from teaching in 2000, Norm joined The Melville Woodturning Group.
“My teaching background in wood, metal and technical drawing has been invaluable in my woodturning activities. Turning, involves careful planning which I find mentally stimulating. To see a block of wood develop into a shape, to feel the timber being formed and the grain being exposed provides a deeply satisfying experience.” For this reason he enjoys working with new wood turners who share the same passion.
Quandong (from the sandalwood family) is his favourite timber, followed by sheoak and jarrah. The ‘green turning’ of street trees which have been cut down, constitutes most of the timber he uses. By turning ‘green’ he also saves on many years of drying time.