Carpentry and building are my passions. I began work in the building trade in 1987 as a qualified structural welder, at age 17. In 1994 I commenced five years’ training in both Bench Joinery and Site Carpentry, which I completed to City and Guilds ‘Advanced Craft’ level.
After qualifying, I spent the following four years honing my craft in a high quality joinery workshop. We specialised in producing high quality custom-made decorative oak gates and garden structures. These were shown each year at the Tatton Park and Chelsea Flower Shows, and Eric Clapton became a customer after admiring a neighbour’s gates that I had made and installed! We also undertook quality joinery work for heritage buildings – one such project was the Garden Gallery at Lord Leycester’s Hospital in Warwick, which was unveiled by the Queen. During my time as part of this company I rose to the role of acting foreman, managing six other joiners.
In 2002 I began working for Treasures & Sons, specialising in heritage work. I spent two and a half years working for Martin Dawes on his manor house in Dinmore, Herefordshire, on a £30million+ project.