BiographyI started doing carpentry when I lived in London, enrolling on an NVQ course at Hackney College. I had been mostly unemployed since my degree in Sonic Arts two years previously - lacking in direction and motivation. I absolutely loved carpentry the moment I started the course and it took me to quite a few different places.
My first proper job was oak framing in Kent with a bit of restoration work alongside new-build, then I got a job on the Cutty Sark in London for two years during the recent conservation project (before and after the fire!). After that I went self employed and mostly worked in Chamonix doing renovations for a family who run a chalet business.
Being kinda homeless at the time, me and my then partner decided to head for the South Hams in Devon to run a B&B by the sea and make sculptures and furniture. She ran the B&B and I made the sculptures. This is when I approached Stuart for a job at Carpenter Oak looking for a more reliable income. Eventually he agreed and I started work pretty much having to begin again from scratch.
I really love my job, especially since becoming a team leader. It's hugely enjoyable and rewarding. It's so great to be doing craft all-day everyday. Although I'm not the creative or the designer, I get loads of input into that process along the way and we are all part of that process so I'm quite happy doing my bit