What Eric doesn't know about Kitchen & Walker Machine Tools is not worth knowing believe me. Born and raised in Hampstead, this master of engineering knowledge has been a Machine Tool Engineer since he was sixteen years old. He told me he has never been made redundant or been sacked which is quite an achievement after 52 years of service as a Machine Tool Engineer.
Eric started his career completing a 5 year apprenticeship in North London with Litton's Machine Tool Company. Eric says his early days with the company were hard graft but interesting to him, quote "I just love mucking about with machines". He started out by stripping down machines and putting them back together again on a wage of £3.12 and 5 pence.
Most of his working life - 25 years to be precise, has been spent maintaining and fixing Kitchen & Walker Machines. His engineering life being a transient one. As a Chester Engineer he has travelled globally, racking up 26 International flights with Chester Machine Tools alone, it's a good job Eric enjoys travelling!!
Machine Tool Engineers are a rare breed nowadays and at 69 years of age Eric has chosen to continue working for Chester, a good job really as knowledge like his is like gold dust, what a legend.
Here's a video of Eric working on the classic British Kitchen & Walker Lathe.