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ABOUT

I am a designer and maker of bespoke fine furniture. My focus is on creating designs and pieces that are inextricably linked to both the people who commission them and the environment within which they will live. I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of the pieces I have been asked to create and, as you will see from the examples in my portfolio, there have been some interesting and unusual challenges along the way.

I live on the outskirts of a small Devonshire village, which can be found right in the heart of England’s Blackdown Hills. Situated behind my house is a barn, which I converted into my workshop, allowing me to be close to both my family and my work. I live with my wife, two beautiful daughters, two cats and Smudge - our family dog.

Throughout my life I have sought ways to express my creativity; however it hasn’t always been through designing and making bespoke furniture. Eight years ago you were more likely to find me sitting behind a desk, rather than making one. Then I was running a leading digital advertising and marketing agency in London, creating campaigns for global companies across four continents. Although I enjoyed this position, the difference I was able to make and the benefits if afforded me, I felt that something was missing in my life.

After lots of soul searching and discussions with my wife, we decided life was too short not follow one’s dream. I have always been very practical and making things with my hands, but I believe in having proper training. So, I enrolled at the Building Crafts College, in London, on their Fine Woodworking Diploma course and went back to college full time for 2 years.

I exchanged an office for a college workbench and we, as a family, hatched a plan to move to the country for the quality of life that one could find there; providing also an inspirational setting in which to design and make bespoke furniture.

 
 

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