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I was born in Middlesbrough in the north-east of England and after leaving school served a 4 year fabrication apprenticeship in the chemical industry. In 1988 I saw a woodturner at a local game fair and thinking it looked fun decided to have a go. Fatal mistake!. A workshop and lathe soon followed and in 1995 I decided to change career and moved to Cornwall to take a 1 year course in cabinetmaking. To help ends meet after the course finished, I took on small woodturning production runs and gallery work and I also started teaching and demonstrating woodturning . I am now a full time woodturner and have work in private collections all over the world. I love the process of passing on my skills and knowledge and get a great amount of satisfaction when I can see that I have fired up someones enthusiasm or imagination.
I am on the Register of Professional Turners in the UK.