Woodworking had been an amateur passion of mine for some years but in 1990 I decided to leave the security of Rolls Royce in Derby and concentrate on a career furniture making. Working alone has allowed me to be flexible with design and maintain the quality of my work. I have resolutely avoided commercial cabinet making to focus on designing stand alone pieces made mainly of solid wood with the measured use of veneer for effect.
My workshop lies roughly half a mile above Gorwell Farm near Abbotsbury and has the benefit of a small showroom that allows the public to see my furniture and browse quietly through photos of my work.
Commissions account for most of the furniture I make and the challenge of turning a clients ideas into reality is always rewarding. Given the basic idea I will send the client two or three designs with estimated costs, which, with their help are then often fine tuned until we have a design which meets or exceeds the original brief.
Courses - I run them occasionally, usually for one or two days focusing on whatever aspect of furniture making the student wishes to learn about. The most popular being the drawer making and dovetail course with the day inlay course being a close second. The cost of a one day course starts at £150 and the two day at £270. These are usually one to one but there is room for two students. Please contact me for more information and availability.