I have one grandfather who was a builder. My other grandfather was a stonemason and my father was a traditional blacksmith. Both my grandmothers had cooked for a living, one in a hotel and the other for well-to-do people. A career in construction or perhaps engineering or catering would have been obvious choices.
Instead, I spent 20 years in business and in mid life retrained myself. I chose to work with my hands as my father and grandparents had. I become a renowned woodcraftsman and founded with my wife an art and craft gallery in a Tasmanian tourist town. After 20 years there, we followed our children to mainland Australia to retire on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. I took up writing seriously in 2003.
Working with their hands, creating and shaping materials has occupied my forebear. From stone, to iron, to wood. Now I spend my time putting pen to paper. The medium is getting softer.
on Oct. 20, 2011 :
I think this collection is where the reader will start to see the true value of this author. His anecdotal memories from his arrival in Australia flow well and build up a nice picture of a young migrant adapting to his new land. Then he segues into some interesting essays that focus on the characters rather than the deeds, such as George the scone maker and the more tragic yet proud Big John. I found The Masked Transformer among all the stories to be the most intriguing and very well constructed. It had a distinctive style and voice and kept me reading, trying to fathom what it was all about and enjoying every line. Well done Kurt.
All up, a great selection of work, well worth reading.
Perry Gamsby MA(Writing)
(review of free book)