Neil Scobie


Neil began his woodwork career, by training as an Industrial Arts Teacher in the early 1970 s, and teaching in NSW, Australian high schools for twenty years. He had worked in the woodwork area, semi- professionally, during this time, taking the plunge and resigning from teaching in 1993 to full time woodworking. The focus of his work has changed, from predominantly woodturning in the early days to now concentrating mostly on custom made furniture and one off “Art off the lathe pieces”.

With his wife Liz, they have produced a range of painted platters and one off pieces that have been sold in major galleries around Australia and overseas. They have pieces in private collections in many countries, including a growing list in USA.

Neil also spends a lot of time running wood based classes in his own workshop and for Wood shows around Australia and overseas. He has had three separate trips to USA, in 2004, 2005 and again in 2006, where he was part of the 2006 ITE team in Philadelphia. On each of these trips he has run workshops for woodturning groups, the AAW symposiums and at the Utah Symposium. He was asked to teach in France 2010. He also has been three times to New Zealand conducting Workshops and being part of Collaboration get togethers.

His classes at home include five or six week long workshops per year and numerous weekend classes. In addition he runs three night classes each week in his studio. These classes have been running for 18 years, so there are many woodworkers who have been through Neil’s workshop.

Neil has been writing for woodwork magazines for a number of years, and currently writes for four different magazines, two in Australia, the AAW journal in USA and Woodturning in the UK.

He has been in many woodwork exhibitions in Australia and in USA, and has his work represented in many collections.