Club Member- Paul Wheeler

 

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Paul is a founder member of the club.
I started my working life as an engraver - then National Service in the RAF. Then 15 years in Manufacturing. Then 25 years in Materials and Logistics with a Telecoms company.

At the ripe old age of 60 I was made an offer I couldn't/didn't refuse (redundant). But what to do with all this "Free" time? Luckily a friend in the Barbershop Chorus was into Turning and pointed me to Bradford College where for 5 years I had excellent tuition under the watchful eye of Phil Garlick.
My main interest is in the hollow form - some lidded and some pierced, and I get great satisfaction  from making tools/gadgets/gizmos to achieve the end product. The other side of satisfaction - it's cheaper.
My other interest is stained glass - again Bradford College came to the rescue, where for 4 years I had excellent tuition. - now quite an expert in applying plasters. It also acts as a chance to work with other tools and materials and gives just as much satisfaction.
And finally, for the last 35 years I've been singing with a barbershop chorus - great fun - over the years they have raised enough charitable money to re-roof York Minster (in which we have sung) and had the opportunity to visit the USA, Spain, Ireland, Holland, Canada and Germany. As I said - great fun.