Australian wood artist, Neil Scobie, passes away
Thursday, May 5, 2016
(Vale) Neil Scobie (05/03/2016)
On Tuesday 3rd of May, Australia and the world lost one of the most talented wood artists, Neil Scobie. There is no one in Australia that has such a huge repertoire of skills, woodturner, designer, furniture maker, carver, writer, and teacher. Neil was generous. He would impart his skills freely during demonstrations nationally and internationally, writing articles in many publications and home workshops. He has touched and influenced many lives both locally, nationally, and internationally. His positive and infectious nature made him a favorite with all who met him. I will miss our chats. He was a good friend and mentor. When asked a question, his response was always measured and honest. Our condolences to Liz and family. RIP. ~ Neil Turner
When my profile of Neil Scobie was published in the last issue of American Woodturner (link), only a few of the readers knew that Neil was suffering from terminal cancer. Neil had asked me not to mention it because he did not want to be defined as a man in decline, and I respected that as much as everything else I respected about him. However, if you read between the lines you will find what I could not openly write. We also knew that any announcement would mean hundreds of calls, and he did not want his family to be disturbed any more than could be avoided. As always, Neil thought of others first. Neil’s last few months were spent in the warm embrace of his family’s love and the teams of close friends who visited their home, cutting the grass, finishing commissions, or just sitting quietly and talking. Neil approached his passing with as much dignity as he did with everything else in his life, selflessly and with courage. Family and friends will gather next week to farewell this good man, but he will live on in our memories as a strong example to us all of how to live a good life. We will never have another friend like him and he will be sorely missed. ~ Terry Martin
Read the article, "Neil Scobie: A Turner for Us All," by Terry Martin, which was featured in the April 2016 issue of American Woodturner journal.