Brought up in the New Forest. It was my playground and what a playground it was and still is !
At the age of 14, I started a Saturday job at a local timber mill. Jump forward 30 odd years and i was still there, full-time of course.
But sadly after an accident at work, I had no choice but to take early retirement. I just wasn't able to manoeuvre those massive trees around anymore.
So what do you do next ?
I thought long and hard about this one. I'm not a people person, so no shop work for me.
What hobbies did I have ?
Well fishing wasn't gonna pass as a job or cider brewing in my shed !
So I thought back to the 80's when I dabbled in a little bit of hobby woodturning in the shed. Ok only self taught, but could i be convincing enough to the general public ? Well i'll leave that for you to decide.
As much as I start with an idea, the grain usually deters the outcome.
I pick a piece up and think, mmmm that would make a great lamp for example. But as I start with the chisel, things quite often change. The grain can pull the chisel in ways that do not go to my plan. I have some control over decisions with the timber, but I don't want a fight. That's how i got injured in the first place !
I guarantee, I put love care and imagination into every piece I create. Some I hope i never sell. What can I say, I fall in love with many a piece.