Joined Carpenter Oak: 2013
What music are you currently listening to in the workshop?
Stormzy, Bonobo, The Black Seeds, El Michels Affair, Midnite, Boris Brejcha…
When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?
If stranded on a desert island which three people would you take and why?
Bob Marley for positive vibrations, Hermes Trismagistus for the knowledge and wisdom he could share and Bill Hicks for people conscious comedy.
I graduated from university with a degree in politics with economics and was preparing, like so many of my peers, to begin a finance-based career in the city. However I experienced a synchronistic chain of events, which would culminate in a major shift in my world view and send me down a path of self discovery. I spent the next two years helping teach bread making at a cooking school and working as a chef. All the while I was absorbing vast amounts of material on the esoteric, the occult, spirituality, consciousness and philosophy. Whilst volunteering at Embercombe, a social enterprise in Devon, I did some carpentry for the first time since school and felt a deep connection to the craft. After this I knew I wanted to make a profession of woodworking but was unsure how. I spent some time helping Mike Abbot run green wood chair making courses and discovered timber framing, this was a eureka moment, I knew I was going to be a timber frame carpenter. After completing an apprenticeship in site carpentry, I was offered a position to train with Carpenter Oak. I feel blessed to be working with highly skilled, capable people with enormous amounts of experience. It feels fantastic to have found my path, creating incredible frames with wonderful people.