After studying Design Technology at Brunel University I started out making models for a design consultancy. Anything from mock up laptops to beer pumps. From there I moved into modelmaking for TV adverts, title sequences and film. More engineering type work led into the film special effects industry. Rising through the ranks to Senior FX technician put me in charge of designing effects, budgets and running a crew. Some projects that you may be familiar with are the Direct Line telephone, the Aston Martin's and BMW's driven by James Bond (one time I even had to wear the suit and a wig to double for Pierce Brosnan in case I was seen on camera!) and the model set of Gotham City from Batman.
Another area I've been active in is motorsport, making patterns, moulds and carbon fibre components for many F1 and World Rally teams as well as suspension and brake systems, culminating in a period in Malaysia helping develop cars used by doctors and marshalls at the F1 Grand Prix.
This has led to a broad range of skills, working in wood, metal and composites, designing, budgeting and running projects. I am comfortable liasing with sub contractors where necessary, and equally at home working with a team or alone.
Moving to Somerset in 2011 with the aim of recreating and developing the woodworking business I was running in Surrey. I have made fitted and free standing furniture for the past 15 years or so, and it is this skill that I am developing further now. Having decided I needed to advance my fine woodworking skills I recently attended Bridgwater College, studying on their Furniture Making course, achieving a Distinction for both my written, and more importantly my practical work.
My aim over the coming years is to develop a range of furniture including trinket boxes, tables and cabinets to display and sell in galleries around the South West, alongside bespoke products for customers homes.