Isaac is a wheelchair woodworker. He served a total of 27 years in the UK Armed Services, serving in many parts of the world at various tasks, during this time Isaac suffered a spinal injury and is now a registered War pensioner with 70% disability.
After leaving the service, Isaac and his wife purchased a 50 ft, 40 ton ex-service motor vessel and re-fitted it for salvage and charter work. Having taken the vessel from the UK to the Tuscan coast of Italy, they based themselves in Portoferraio on the island of Elba. For the next 10 years, they worked the boat as Isaac was a qualified skipper and professional diver. They earned from salvage and diving work as well as chartering the boat. As the vessel was constructed of mahogany on oak, Isaac developed his skills as a woodworker.
Further ill health (a couple of heart attacks) forced them to sell the boat and business. He then began to make small pieces of furniture in a small shed outback. He purchased a small woodturning lathe to use up the off-cuts and the rest, as they say, is history. Isaac’s work is inspired by his previous lifestyle and the fact that he spent most of his time in the outdoors.
Isaac uses locally sourced wood, either from storm-felled or safety taken down. Apart from his work being sold in galleries around Scotland, he takes on commissioned pieces for various corporates and charities. He has also opened his workshop to other disabled folk and runs an organisation called Wheelchairwoodturners (visit their website). He also organises the monthly craft fairs in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens.