Stephen Hughes is a full time teacher and convenor of Design and Technology: Wood at Karingal Secondary College Frankston Victoria. That is his "real" job. In addition he is an exceptional artistic woodturner and a much sought after wood instructor and demonstrator. Serving as an inspiration to Australian artists and acknowledged internationally for his leadership in the field Stephen has won more awards than any other Australian woodturner with 34 national and international prizes. His commissions include six major works for the Irving Lipton Collection in the United States the most prestigious private collection of woodwork in the world.