Simon has had a passion for wood working since high school but even he didn't expect to have it become a full time career so early. With a background in cabinetmaking, a trip to Turnfest in 2016 motivated him to transform his hobby into a career. Starting from a humble 5 square meter shed in his back yard, he starting making pieces for galleries across NSW.
Now Simon has a diverse range of avenues of work, not only selling his works through galleries and artisan markets, but also teaching and making unique custom pieces. He finds great enjoyment taking on the jobs that others seem to turn down, taking it as an opportunity to learn and challenge himself.
When Simon isn't in the workshop, you will often find him in nature photographing Australian animals or playing squash. The interest for wildlife has been a part of his life since childhood but in more recent years, its become a true passion, especially snakes and other reptiles. Simon has found it really important to have a creative outlet away from the wood turning for a more balanced life. Check out some of his photos on instagram, Simon Begg's Animal Photography.