Giving up a twenty-year career in engineering as a mechanical designer I spent two years studying for my Foundation Degree in Furniture Design at Rycotewood College in Oxford. After graduating I exhibited at the College Summer Show and New Designers in Islington, both giving me a very positive response to my work. I was also lucky enough to be able to attend a course on Green woodworking in the Malvern Hills run by Gudrun Leitz.
After finishing my Degree I worked in two very good furniture workshops, but despite all they could offer me I wanted to start on my own as soon as possible. Now I have my own business I am able to work in my unique way by combining engineering with the design and making skills developed over the last few years. I concentrate on commissioned freestanding furniture, but also produce pieces for display in Galleries, designs and prototypes for production furniture, and drawings, Solid models, and visuals for other makers.
It is common to start out sharing workshop space, but I was unable to find a workshop in the Bristol area that provided space to new furniture makers. In planning and equipping my workshop I have deliberately provided space and facilities for use by new designer/makers to help them get started.